Containment Increases to 70 Percent on Longhorn Complex Fire

St. Francis, SD - With the hot temperatures and light to moderate winds on the fire today, fire crews managed to hold and improve firelines with containment now estimated at 70 percent.  However, the South Crazy Horse Fire continues to hold heat within the fire perimeter.  The South Crazy Horse Fire is now estimated at 1,500 acres with the total acreage for the Longhorn Complex now listed at 42,930 acres.

 Night shift crews will focus their attention on securing firelines on the southeast flank of the South Crazy Horse Fire before winds, associated with thunderstorm activity, arrive as predicted late tonight.  At the operational period briefing Shane Del Groso, Incident Commander Trainee, was quoted as saying: “Tonight will be a critical work shift” to be able to maintain the level of progress that has been achieved so far.  He cautioned fire crews to pay attention to wind conditions and provide for firefighter and public safety as a first priority.  

Firefighters will closely monitor the fire perimeter though out the night and into the early morning hours.   Gusty winds are expected to be consistent from the northwest with no rainfall expected over the fire.

With weather conditions predicted to be warm and dry for the next few days it is very important for local residents to be extremely careful with fire so that fire crews can focus their attention on containing and eventually controlling the Longhorn complex as soon as possible. 

Spring Creek Community is still under an evacuation notice.  The possibility of re-entry will be evaluated at 11:00 with Incident Management Team Members, Emergency Management Officials, and the Rosebud Agency.  The Red Cross Evacuation Center at St. Francis remains open. 

BIA 30 and BIA 5 are closed into the Spring Creek Community.  Also, the junction of BIA 501 and BIA 5 towards Spring Creek is closed.

If anyone in the vicinity of the Longhorn Complex have any questions about what they can do to make their homes more fire safe can visit firewise at www.firewise.org.

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