Update: Mine Draw Fire near Mount Rushmore 100 percent contained, state says
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Update: Mine Draw Fire near Mount Rushmore 100 percent contained, state says

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Heading toward the fire

A fire truck heads toward the wildfire Wednesday at Custer State Park. The park announced that an estimated 15- to 20-acre fire was moving northwest away from the park shop.

The Mine Draw Fire in Custer State Park is 100 percent contained, the Governor’s Office reported.

Earlier Thursday, the state said the fire was estimated to have burned 60 acres.

According to the state, the fire was active between Highway 16A and Center Lake. It reportedly started around 11:15 a.m. Wednesday. On Thursday, there were 117 firefighters on scene along with two, Type 1 Helicopters and an air attack plane working to keep the fire north of Shop Draw Road, east of Highway 87 and west of Mine Draw Road.

The fire site is about seven miles south of Mount Rushmore National Memorial where President Trump is expected to be on July 3 to watch a fireworks celebration.

The cause remains under investigation, the Governor’s Office said in a news release.

Currently, Highway 87 North is closed from the junction of 16A and Needles Highway to Playhouse Road and will remain closed to avoid road congestion and aid firefighters in accessing the fire to increase containment. Visitors can still access the Needles and Center Lake Campground from American Center Road or Iron Mountain Road.

Custer State Park remains open, but Grace Coolidge Walk-in Fishing Area, Center Lake beach and lake access are closed due to bucket usage for helicopters.

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