Bear Mountain and Black Hat Handcrew, 2017

A look back at the 2017 wildfire season



SD Wildland Fire – The Bear Mountain and Black Hat Handcrews are considered Type 2 Initial Attack handcrews and are comprised of 22 firefighters each.

The primary function of the crews is hazardous fuels reduction on state and private lands within the Black Hills of South Dakota.

The crews are available for in and out-of-state dispatch assignments, and have responded to various all risk incidents throughout the United States since their inception.


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