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Keystone in Pennington County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Galena Fire Chronology

 
 
The Galena Fire Chronology Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 7, 2011
1. The Galena Fire Chronology Marker
Inscription.
Contributing Factors
For several months prior to the Galena Fire, weather conditions were unusually hot and dry. Average annual precipitation for this region is 18 inches. In the 12 months before the fire only 11 inches fell in the Park.

The Fire Begins
A large lightning storm passed over the Black Hills on the evening of July 4, 1988. On the morning of July 5, staff at Mount Coolidge firetower spotted smoke in a remote section of the Park near Galena Creek. Suppression efforts began immediately.

Summary of the Fire
The fire burned out of control, threatening Park buildings and forcing people to evacuate lodges and campgrounds. More than a thousand firefighters worked around the clock for 4 days attempting to block the spread of flames. Late in the afternoon of July 8, a rain and hail storm helped to control the fire. By the following day, firefighters had built fireline around 90 percent of the fire. By the evening of July 9, the fire was fully contained and mop-up efforts were well underway.
 
Location. 43° 47.378′ N, 103° 21.052′ W. Marker is in Keystone, South Dakota, in Pennington County. Marker is on U.S. 16. Touch for map. Marker is in Custer State Park. There is an entry fee. Marker is in this post office area: Keystone SD 57751, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.

The Galena Fire Chronology Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, June 7, 2011
2. The Galena Fire Chronology Marker
At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wildlife and Fire (here, next to this marker); After the Fire (here, next to this marker); Peter Norbeck (approx. 6.3 miles away); Father of Mt. Rushmore (approx. 6.8 miles away); The Pigtail Bridges (approx. 6.9 miles away); Rushmore Workers (approx. 8 miles away); Gutzon Borglum (approx. 8 miles away); History of the United States of America (approx. 8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Keystone.
 
Categories. Disasters
 
Area of the Galena Fire image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, June 7, 2011
3. Area of the Galena Fire
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 1, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 730 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 1, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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