Sioux Falls Fire Rescue Helps Contain Crow Peak Fire

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Just three days after the Crow Peak fire began, the Sioux Falls Fire Rescue, among other units across KELOLAND, got the call to help provide extra resources. 

More than a week ago, Sioux Falls Fire Rescue members packed their trucks and headed west. 

After helping contain the wildfire, the crew could be getting some relief.

“Day to day we’ll know when we’ll be released, if we will be released. We can work up to fourteen days before we have to take a day of R and R,” engine boss Terry Nelson said. 

Nelson says resources are slowly being let loose at the scene.

“In the last few days, there’s a lot less smoke. Things have really been calming down. We’re starting to wind down,” Nelson said. 

Just over 150 personnel remain on scene of the 2,700-acre fire. 

Nelson says, in that atmosphere, working with a familiar crew helps being away.

“It’s a real good feeling, knowing you’re working with the same people on different fires. Especially with my crew knowing them from Sioux Falls itself, it helps with camaraderie , for sure,” Nelson said. 

Due to the fire, it’ll be a delayed holiday for many of the firefighters and their families.

“It’s definitely a little bit difficult with family being back home and kids shooting off fireworks but we enjoy being out here, helping our brothers out here in the hills and it’s kind of a duty for us,” Nelson said. 

Despite missing the festivities, Nelson says protecting the Black Hills and the people that live there is what the crews are there to do. 

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