Co. fire responds to large fire

Derrick Calhoun Star Staff Writer
Wednesday, September 21, 2022

The Custer County Fire Department (CCFD) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) responded to a scheduled controlled burn being done by Fort Keogh that went out of control yesterday afternoon.

According to Custer County Fire Warden Cory Cheguis, the fire was being done by Fort Keough for scientific reasons.

“It was a wind driven fire in the grass,” Cheguis said. “A shift in the wind probably caused the fire.”

CCFD was at the area of the fire this morning mapping for the exact size of the damage.

“It was the biggest fire in Custer County this year,” Cheguis said. “We don’t know the size yet but it’s definitely over 1,000 acres.”

Cheguis said that he received a call at 2:30 p.m. from a Prairie County Fire Warden that was doing personal business and saw the fire.

CCFD responded with seven engines, two tenders, and two road patrols from the road department. BLM sent two engines, a mod, and a few buggies to assist. Cheguis said that there were also several ranchers that came out with trucks from all over the county to help out.

( Contact Derrick Calhoun at or at 406-2340450.)