Sundance, WY – Wildfires sparked by dry thunderstorms in
the Bear Lodge Mountains area of the Black Hills National Forest have burned more than 3-thousand acres and officials are calling for the evacuation of the small town of Carlile.
Gary Chancey, fire information officer in Rapid City, South Dakota, said a fire management team arrived in the Black Hills area last night to assess the extent of the fires and take command.
Speaking just after 7 a-m today (Friday), Chancey said the 11 known fires burning in the area are being called the Thorn Divide Complex Fire. The largest of the fires is believed to have burned up to 32-hundred acres.
Chancey said the town of Carlile, in Crook County just south of Devil's Tower, is about four to six miles in front of the fire. He said officials have said it should be evacuated.
Fire officials plan an update on the fire situation in the Black Hills later this morning (Friday).
Meanwhile, Chancey said there's a fire weather watch in effect for the Black Hills today, with temperatures of about 105 degrees expected combined with very low humidity.