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June 28, 2012 07:24 AM

Type 2 Fire Crew Helping Fight Dakota Fire

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A fire team that specializes in more intense fires will help crews battle the Dakota Fire in the Black Hills Thursday.  It has now burned about 300 acres and is still about 30 percent contained.

People in 18 homes in the area have been told they may have to evacuate.

Overnight, as the temperatures dropped and relative humidity went up, the fire became less active and less intense.  That gave firefighters a chance to strengthen their lines around the fire and make progress. Unfortunately, as the temperatures rise again, the fire is expected to kick back up..

To help crews battle the flames, a Type 2 Fire Incident Team staged in Colorado is now in South Dakota.

Fires are ranked by intensity with Type 1 being the most intense.  The Type 2 team has a more experience dealing with higher intensity fires, which can become more of a technical battle. They hope to assess the situation of the Dakota Fire and figure out what resources are going to be necessary for crews to get it under control. 

We'll have more on the Type 2 team and how they're influencing the fire fight later today on KELOLAND News.

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