Extra firefighters stationed in Custer
Published: Thursday, August 9th, 2012
Everyone in the Black Hills should sleep safely knowing over 200 firefighters are stationed near Custer in an effort to prevent forest fires from starting and spreading through the already dry and fire-stricken areas.
Eleven hotshot crews from all over the country are stationed in Custer and 19 miles from town at the TeePee Work Center. The decision to station more firefighters came from the state and federal fire officials who took in to account the dry conditions, previous fires and the increase in visitors.
In another effort to be prepared to fight fires at a moment’s notice, five helicopters are stationed at the Helitack pad, located next to the Custer airport, while another is stationed at the TeePee Work Center. Two are assigned to the Forest Service and are specifically designated for the Black Hills.
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