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Fire near Wind Cave 7/20/12

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Fire near Wind Cave 7/20/12

I just saw this post on the Black Hills Facebook page:

"A fire is burning near Wind Cave National Park in the Black Hills. All major Black Hills attractions are not affected and are still open for business. Wind Cave National Park is currently closed as is a portion of HWY 385 from Pringle to Wind Cave."

From the Rapid City Journal:


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1. Re: Fire near Wind Cave 7/20/12

Have to wonder how they can say all major attractions are still open if Wind Cave is closed. I would consider that a major attraction.

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2. Re: Fire near Wind Cave 7/20/12

Thanks for posting Lorhs. Let's hope its contained quickly.

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3. Re: Fire near Wind Cave 7/20/12

We just returned from the area. We went to Wind Cave on Thursday July 19 and when we got done with our cave tour that afternoon, the rangers had posted signs up that part of 385 was closed and to use alternate routes. I asked what was going on and they told us about the fire. We went south on 385 per their instructions and could see the smoke in the other direction. The fire was still going the next day and was getting bigger unfortunately from what we heard.

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4. Re: Fire near Wind Cave 7/20/12

Today's update:

"Black Hills Visitor Alert...

Fire crews have made excellent progress on the Myrtle Fire over the past several days, however Wind Cave National Park is still closed, as is the Mickelson Trail from Pringle to Minnekahta Junction. All roads will open at 1:00 today but fire crews will be continuing to work in the area, and you are asked to use caution while traveling on roads in the fire area. Also keep in mind that Stage II Fire & Smoking Restrictions are in place on the Black Hills National Forest. Visit the below link for more information on these restrictions.



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5. Re: Fire near Wind Cave 7/20/12

We tried to go to Wind Cave on 7/20 and it was closed. Had to take the 78 mile loop as a detour, got to Jewel Cave and it was sold out. Fire looked much better 7/21 when we drove back to Jewel Cave.

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