South Dakota: White Draw and Parker Peak fires

Wyoming Hotshots, White Draw Fire

White Draw and Parker Peak fires

The map above shows the fire perimeters (the red line) that were detected by a fixed-wing infrared mapping flight at 10:22 p.m. MT, July 2, 2012. The red squares represent heat detected by a satellite at 12:50 p.m. MT, July 3, 2012. The White Draw fire is on the left, and the Parker Peak fire is on the right. The fires are five to eight miles northeast of Edgemont, SD.

Wyoming Hotshots, White Draw Fire
Wyoming Hotshots, White Draw Fire, July 2, 2012

Brian Scott, spokesperson for the fire, told us at 5:25 p.m. on Tuesday that today fire crews have been busy conducting planned burnouts to help tie in some fire lines on the White Draw fire. It has also expanded on the north, he said, and is putting up a large amount of smoke.

Monday night the Incident Management Team called the fire 50% contained and said it had burned 4,950 acres.

After a much dryer and warmer than normal spring, firefighters are dealing with flashy fuels that ignite rapidly. Hazardous steep terrain and rattlesnakes are added additional “watch out” conditions for them to deal with.


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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

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  1. Thanks for the pictures. Dad’s place is in the pictures. It is so sad to see as his parents homesteaded the place. It is so hard not being there.


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