STURGIS, S.D. — A fire that burned 150 acres (61 hectares) on the north side of Bear Butte State Park over the weekend was caused by a debris burn pile that escaped.

The Great Plains Fire Information office says the burn pile was on private property, but the fire escaped and spread to the state park near Sturgis.

Local, state and federal firefighters responded. Gusty winds helped spread the fire that started Saturday, but it was fully contained Sunday.

No structures were endangered and no injuries were reported. There were no evacuations, and the park’s bison herd was not affected.

Officials say the park’s hiking trail will remain closed indefinitely as damage is assessed.

Author photo
The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.