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Legion Lake Fire - Custer State Park

Started Monday December 11, 2017

As of the Evening of Thursday December 14, 2017 Fire is Approximately 53,000 Acres

Fire Burned 40,000 Acres the night of Tuesday December 12th 

After five days and 54,000+ acres the Legion Lake Fire is coming to and end.  Saturday evening, the Rocky Mountain Type 2 Blue Team transitioned the fire back to a Local Type 3 management team.  The fire is approximately 90% contained.

Custer Volunteer Fire Department is responsible for structure fire response to all structures within the boundaries of Custer State Park.  Custer Engine #2 and Tender #6 were on scene with in minutes of the initial fire report.  They initially provided protection to the cabins behind the Legion Lake Lodge.  The crew reported this as some of the most dangerous conditions they have ever encountered.  They later moved to the Badger Clark Road Area and than moved to the Blue Bell Lodge area where they spend most of the week.  Engine #4 and Brush #3 also assisted Monday. 

We would like to Thank Pringle and Argyle Fire Departments and the other Custer County Fire Departments for Assisting.  Also thanks to Jerome Harvey - Pennington County Fire Administrator and Pennington County Fire Departments for their assistance, and the other departments and agencies that assisted, I do not know all that assisted but your assistance is very much appreciated. 

Joel Behlings

Fire Chief


                                                                          Services for Fallen Hero Set
Sturgis, S.D. - Funeral services for David Fisher have been scheduled. Fischer, an Assistant Chief with the Sturgis Volunteer Fire Department and a Staff Sgt. with the South Dakota National Guard, was killed Friday battling a structure fire in Tilford, SD. The fire also killed 82 year-old Raymond Joseph Bachmeier of Tilford. 

Funeral services are set for 1:00 pm MDT on Saturday, September 15. Services will take place in the gymnasium at Sturgis Brown High School, 12930 SD Highway 34 in Sturgis. Internment will take place at Black Hills National Cemetery. A procession from Brown High School to Black Hills National Cemetery will take place immediately following funeral services. Procession information will be released when details are finalized so that those wishing to pay their respects may line the procession route if they so choose.

Public visitation will take place at the Sturgis Community Center, 1401 Lazelle Street in Sturgis, on Thursday September 13 from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm.

Arrangements are being made through Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. The South Dakota Local Assistance State Team (LAST) is providing organizational and logistical support for the services.

For questions or comment related to this release, please contact South Dakota LAST Public Information Officer Jim Bussell at 605-863-0061 or South Dakota LAST Public Information Officer Steven Monteforte at 605-939-8064. Service information can also be found at www.SouthDakotaLAST.blogspot.com.


On behalf of the Custer Volunteer Fire Department, we would like to express our deepest sympathy and offer our prayers and thoughts to the fellow firefighters, families, and friends of the firefighter who gave his life on Friday September 7, 2018.

 No words can express the sorrow you are going through, but may it help to know that this brave man gave his life while helping to protect the community, and that he is now in a peaceful eternal place, where no harm will come to him.