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4th of July Happenings & Area Wildfire Updates

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The 4th of July weekend is ahead of us, making this is a good time to share the weekend events taking place throughout the Black Hills and Badlands. With a beautiful forecast in store, we've got you covered on everything you need to know regarding Independence Day celebrations.

In the same breath, it's also a chance for us to give an update on some of the area wildfires that have been taking place throughout our region. In closest proximity, the Crow Peak Fire near Spearfish is still claiming attention from local, state and federal fire agencies as they work towards its containment. At the time of this post, it is currently affecting 1,350 acres and is only 8% contained. While we are grateful for the tireless work of the wildland firefighters battling this blaze, it's important to note that the fire is not impacting travel and leisure activities in the Spearfish and Spearfish Canyon areas.

As you can see from the map below, while it is a sizeable fire in comparison to the city of Spearfish, it is burning in a remote location that does not directly affect travelers in this area. All of Spearfish Canyon is open and accessible, as is Interstate 90. Similarly, the city of Spearfish is not affected by the blaze and is graciously welcoming visitors to explore and experience all the wonderful sites and scenes it has to offer. It's also worth noting that the air quality has not been impacted by the isolated fire.


Two other fires that have made local news recently have been the Douglas Fire and the Kara Creek Fire, both located in Wyoming. At the time of this post, both fires have been contained at 100% and are of no threat to the public. Our friends and neighbors in Wyoming will also be welcoming visitors with arms wide open this holiday weekend. To our knowledge, the only fireworks change that has been made is in Newcastle, WY, where officials have decided to cancel their fireworks display and have restricted the sale and use of private fireworks within their area.

**Please note that fireworks are strictly prohibited on the Black Hills National Forest.**

If you do choose to light your own fireworks this year, make sure you are outside of city limits and use necessary precautions to keep yourself and others safe. This includes keeping a proper distance between lit fireworks and reading the cautionary labels for each firework so that you are aware of its intended use. You should only be lighting fireworks in an open area outdoors—away from vehicles and buildings. Dispose of used fireworks by wetting them and placing them in a metal can away from combustible materials, and keep water available at all times.

If you're still hammering out your weekend plans, take a few minutes to browse through our 2016 4th of July Calendar of Events.

Of course, it starts with Mount Rushmore National Memorial, where thousands renew their patriotism every year during two days of July 4 ceremonial activities.

Almost every town has a parade, and most of them have fireworks, too. Our small towns are proud to display their love of country, each in its own distinctive way. Old West shootouts, cook-offs, car shows ‘n shines, great music, picnics, ice cream socials, farmers markets, re-enactors, arts and crafts vendors. They fit perfectly with the endless beauty, six national parks and monuments, and world-class access to abundant wildlife that the Black Hills can boast of year round, which makes the region beloved by so many.

The Black Hills love hosting an American birthday party, and everyone is invited!


About the Author

Alicia is a South Dakota native with family roots in Beresford. She attended Augustana University in Sioux Falls—a year of which she spent studying in Norway and traveling throughout Europe. She acquired her degree in Sociology and International Studies. Despite her love of travel, she and her husband have thoroughly enjoyed making Rapid City their home. She satisfies her wanderlust by soaking up the beautiful scenery and historic treasures that the Hills have to offer.

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