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Rankin Fire

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Wind Cave National Park
National Park Service
26611 US Highway 385 Hot Springs South Dakota 57747
Hot Springs, SD 57747

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Rankin Fire Update
September 16, 2017 – 8:30 am

Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Black
Shane Greer, Incident Commander

Information Center: (605) 574-1725
Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Note: This will be the final update for the Rankin Fire from Rocky Mountain Team Black. At 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 16, command of the fire has transitioned back to Wind Cave National Park. Information will continue to be posted on InciWeb ( and Wind Cave National Park’s Facebook page ( as conditions change.

Current Situation: The Rankin Fire is now 100 percent contained. There has been no growth of the fire for two days, and the size remains 2,133 acres. The fire area received 0.3” of rain on Friday. The completion of burnout operations coupled with the expected weather change have reduced the fire’s threat potential.

Weather: A much cooler air mass will push over the fire area Friday night and Saturday with scattered showers tapering off.

Closures: All trails north of and including Wind Cave Canyon Trail remain closed.

Fire Statistics:
Start Date: 09/11/2017
Location: 12 miles Southeast of Custer, SD
Cause: Lightning
Size: 2,133 acres
Containment: 100%

For More Information:
Info Line: (605) 574-1725

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginMonday September 11th, 2017 approx. 03:00 PM
Incident CommanderRocky Mountain Incident Management Team - Black (Greer)
Coordinates43.623 latitude, -103.455 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel54
Size2,133 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateSaturday September 16th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Grass and Understory); Short Grass (1 foot).

Significant Events

Minimal; smoldering.


Planned Actions

Patrol fire perimeter.


Transfer of command to a local ICT4 will occur Saturday 9/16 at 0700

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

The fire area received approximately .3" of precipitation Friday. A much cooler air mass will push over the fire area Friday night and Saturday with scattered showers tapering off.