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Fire crews hope to have full containment of Wabash Spring Fire Friday

CUSTER, S.D. – After battling high winds throughout the day, firefighters have made great progress on the Wabash Spring Fire.

The 111-acre fire started about 7 a.m. Thursday morning, 5 miles west of Custer, SD and is now 50% contained. The cause remains under investigation.

The Custer County Sheriff’s Department, https://www.facebook.com/custercountysd, re-opened Highway 16 earlier Thursday afternoon. Local traffic only is encouraged for firefighter and public safety.

Evacuations have been lifted for residents along Fjerdingren Place and Big Pine Road, east of the fire perimeter. For residents along Highway 16, Palomino Place, and Pinto Lane, evacuations were lifted at 6:00 p.m. For updated Evacuation information, please call the Custer County Dispatch at 605-673-8176.

Winds are expected to decrease overnight, and crews will remain on scene to mop up and secure the fire perimeter.

Incident Commander Trainee, John Haskivitz said, “Forward progress has been stopped and I expect to see more progress throughout tonight. Full containment is not expected until sometime tomorrow.”

Custer County Emergency Management has set up an evacuation center in the gym of the old Custer Armory. Click here for more information: https://www.facebook.com/CusterCountySDEM.

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