Photos of the Cold Fire in the Black Hills

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Above: The rocky ridge just west of the Cold Springs School along Flynn Creek Road.

These photos of the Cold Fire in the Black Hills of South Dakotawere taken by Bill Gabbert April 2 and 4, 2016. By April 3 the fire had burned about 1,300 acres, Wind Cave National Park, Custer State Park, and the Black Hills National Forest north of Hot Springs.

Much more information about the fire is in our main article.

Fire Aviation has photos and more information about the helicopters assigned to the fire.

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Operations Section Chief Todd Hoover being interviewed by Rapid City media.
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A firefighter demonstrates suppressing a fire with water.
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Firefighters at a dozer line just outside Wind Cave National Park on the southeast side of the Cold Fire.

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The fire started northwest of the Cold Springs School off of Flynn Creek Road, north Wind Cave National Park.

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A South Dakota State dozer. Two were ordered for the fire.
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The view from the Rankin Ridge Lookout Tower, looking west.
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Engines on Rankin Ridge Road in Wind Cave National Park.

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The sun setting through the smoke.

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. Google+

One thought on “Photos of the Cold Fire in the Black Hills”

  1. We own the property right south of Cold Springs school along Beaver Creek road, has 2 ponds along the road, long driveway leading to large metal building. We have been following the story and pictures, as we see it, appears that the fire is moving away from our property.

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