Custer State Park to reopen Monday, but trails still closed

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Posted: Dec 18, 2017 8:52 AM
Custer State Park to reopen Monday, but trails still closed

CUSTER, S.D. (AP) — Custer State Park is set to reopen on a limited basis, a week after a wildfire closed the popular park in South Dakota.

The park's visitor center will reopen Monday. Superintendent Matt Snyder asks that visitors be patient as the park evaluates the damage and repairs roads and fences.

Officials also say U.S. Highway 16A and State Highway 87 South will reopen to the public on Monday. But all other roads and trails in the park will remain closed.

The fire has scorched more than 84 square miles (218 square kilometers) since it started from a downed power line on Dec. 11. Officials say that as of Sunday, the fire was 95 percent contained.

The park just south of Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a top tourist destination.