Rehabilitation Efforts Continue on the Longhorn Complex Fire
St. Francis, SD– Today crews continued to patrol, mop up, and rehab the fire line. Rehabilitation efforts include the repair of dozer line, fences, and gates. Fire crews will be working until midnight tonight on the last night shift of the Longhorn Complex and continue day operations tomorrow.
While addressing firefighters this evening at briefing, Shane Del Groso, Incident Commander Trainee, said, “We’ve come a long way this past week. The fire doubled in size and firefighters were able to endure extreme heat and intense thunderstorms. Thank you for continuing to be adaptable in these situations. More importantly, you have made a difference in a lot of lives.”
Entering the burn area is not recommended as many hazards are present following a wild fire. Trees with weakened root systems can become uprooted with little or no warning. Islands of unburned fuels remain within the fire perimeter and pose a risk to non-firefighters. Residents may expect to see and smell smoke over the next several days.
Thunderstorms are predicted with the possibility of dry lighting. Firefighters remain available to support Initial Attack should any new fire starts arise.
Containment of the Longhorn Complex remains at 95 percent. The fire is currently 43,639 acres. The Longhorn Complex includes the Iron Shell Fire (38,617 acres), the South Crazy Horse Fire (3,372 acres), and the Longhorn Fire (1,650 acres).
Road closures have been lifted on the Longhorn Complex Fire as of 12:00 p.m. today. BIA 30 and BIA 5 into the Spring Creek community and on BIA 30 at the intersection with BIA 5, and on BIA 5 at the intersection with BIA 501 are now open. Residents, and those travelling in the fire area, are urged to use caution as emergency vehicles and firefighters will continue to be working in the area.