Several wildfires broke out in the State of South Dakota by the testament of those listed via the Great Plains Interagency Dispatch Center today. Here is a recap of today’s fire activity sit rep.

244 FIRE

Fire burning upslope inside Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Credit: MRNM

The 244 FIRE is located about 1.5 miles Southwest of Keystone. Lead Agency: Mount Rushmore National Memorial (National Park Service). 136 acres is now 75% contained. This was a human-caused fire. The exact ignition is still undetermined and under investigation. 60 firefighters from federal, state and local government are working on the fire line. The memorial site began accepting visitors this morning at 0500 hours. ##


The BOBCAT FIRE prompted resources to be dispatched to about 8 miles WSW of Hill City in Pennington County. Fire was reported on March 29, 2021, around 102 hours. It was listed around 15 miles and contained on the same day. ##


In Jones County, a wildfire ignited 5 miles North of Okaton and 9 miles NW of Murdo that is partly on private land and and a half-portion on state school land. The fire has burned about a total of 9,911 acres. It was reported on March 29, 2021 around 1226 hours. It has been 80% contained but there was a small flare up on Wednesday. It has been knocked down. The caused determined for this wildfire is said to be a downed power line in the area where the fire originated. ##


The KEYSTONE FIRE started on March 29, 2021 at 1006 hours from an unknown cause. It is located about .5 mile south of Keystone. It burned about 9.3 acres of state land. This has been 100% contained but hand crews are still working in the burn area completing mop-up operations. ##


A few green pines stand on a burned hillside. Smoke rises behind the hill, and homes are visible in a canyon below.
Credit: SDWFS

The fire is located about 4 miles West of Rapid City. Lead Fire Agency: South Dakota Wildland Fire Suppression out of Rapid City. On Monday, when we had made our first report on this incident, there had been almost 900 acres scorched. Today, there has been 2,195 acres and crews have reached a 47% containment status. Crews focused mostly on working to continue protecting structures throughout the fire area, as well as improving fire lines on the northern and southern edges. Red Flag Warning were in effect due to hot, dry, windy conditions with forecasted winds of 10-20 mph and gusts up to 25-30. This fire started on March 29, 2021. 166 personnel attached to this incident. The cause is unknown and under investigation. Fire Management is under the direction of the Rocky Mountain Type 2 Blue Team. Resources include 2 air Attack fixed wing, 1 Heavy AT when available, 2 Black Hawk helicopters (when available). Evacuation orders are in effect. Contact: The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office at 605.394.2174 or go to https://www.pennco.org/SchroederfRoadFire. You can also call 211 on your cell phone. ##

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