Smokejumpers Help Contain Black Hills Wildfire

Smokejumpers who parachuted into the Black Hills have helped fight a wildfire near Edgemont, reports the Associated Press.

The Parker Peak Fire was contained Tuesday night with the help of about a dozen smokejumpers from Rawlins (WY) a fire spokesman said.

“Those smokejumpers are a pretty polished bunch,” a spokesman said. “The fire is 100 percent contained and now we’re in the heavy mop-up mode.”

The fire, located about five miles northeast of Edgemont, was sparked by lightning on Sunday and charred about 800 acres. It is one of several wildfires that have scorched thousands of acres in southwestern South Dakota and northeastern Wyoming.

About a dozen miles northeast of Edgemont, the White Draw fire was 60 percent contained Wednesday morning. That fire has blackened about 7,800 acres, or about 8 square miles.

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