Chilson Fire burns several dozen acres in Black Hills

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Above: A South Dakota National Guard Blackhawk helicopter makes a water drop on the Chilson Fire, July 24, 2017.

(Originally published at 4:50 p.m. MDT July 24, 2017)

The Chilson Fire has burned approximately 40 acres in the Black Hills of South Dakota, halfway between Edgemont and Hot Springs south of Highway 18 and one mile southeast of Old Highway 18.

At 3 p.m. on Monday firefighters appeared to have the spread stopped, thanks to efforts by 4 engines, 3 hand crews, 3 helicopters (1 contracted Type 3 and 2 National Guard Blackhawks), and 1 single engine air tanker.

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Chilson Fire, between Edgemont and Hot Springs, SD. Click to enlarge.

Since the Northern Great Plains received 28,000 cloud to ground lightning strikes on July 21 and 22, firefighters in the Black Hills have responded to around 20 fires. Most were suppressed at less than an acre, but four others burned 8, 10, and 36 acres; and this one, the Chilson Fire, that is estimated at 40 acres.

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A South Dakota National Guard Blackhawk helicopter drops water on the Chilson Fire, July 24, 2017. Click to enlarge.
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A South Dakota National Guard Blackhawk helicopter works on the Chilson Fire. Click to enlarge.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, Bill Gabbert now writes about it from the Black Hills. Google+

2 thoughts on “Chilson Fire burns several dozen acres in Black Hills”

  1. The Guard copiers are dropping right now on a fire just south of Spearfish. At least two working the fire. Not a good day with 100 degree Temps and wind. We are much less dry than many areas but the little storm last night must have had a good lightning strike.

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