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Crews work to suppress Black Hills wildfire

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CUSTER (AP) -- Firefighters are working to fully suppress the Grizzly Fire in the Black Hills of western South Dakota.

The 1.5-acre fire was reported Wednesday in steep, rugged terrain in the Black Elk Wilderness.

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Hell Canyon District Ranger Scott Haas says the top priority is to provide for the safety of firefighters and the public. Thirty-five firefighters from the Black Hills National Forest and the South Dakota Wildland Fire Suppression Division are working on the fire.

Hass says firefighters are working to improve access routes and continue suppression activities. He says crews will remain on the scene for several days to extinguish and remove burning material near control lines and to mop up hot spots.

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