AVOID THE AREA: structure fire on Thomas Place near Keystone spreads to surrounding grassland
UPDATE (4/11/21 @ 8:58 p.m.): Law enforcement is still onsite investigating the cause of the fire. Fire crews will remain overnight to battle the blaze.
The Wind Advisory for much of western/central SD has been extended through 6 PM MDT/7 PM CDT Mon. Though there will be a brief lull from around sunset through early overnight, NW winds will increase again later tonight, becoming sustained at 25-35 mph with gusts to 50 mph. #sdwx pic.twitter.com/7KHLttGaoT
— NWS Rapid City (@NWSRapidCity) April 11, 2021
UPDATE (4/11/21@ 5:25 p.m.): The George Fire is at 50% containment and approximately 15 acres as of Sunday afternoon. Pennington County Fire Administrator Jerome Harvey says this is “another wind-driven event.”
Meteorologist Brant Beckman says that winds should die down Sunday night before picking back up Monday, and that relative humidity should improve, giving fire crews an advantage.
No official evacuations have been ordered at this time.
UPDATE (4/11/21 @ 3:51 p.m.): The fire is reportedly at eight acres and was human caused on private land. Several other structures are currently threatened. A large air tanker and law enforcement units are en route to what has been named the George Fire. Initial report time for the fire was 2:01 p.m. The cause is still under investigation.
UPDATE (4/11/21 @ 3:37 p.m.): No word yet on any evacuations. The fire is currently burning in a grassy valley between homes on Thomas Place and George Place, with flames at one to two feet in the grass.
KEYSTONE, S.D. — Local firefighters are currently responding to a structure fire on Thomas Place, about six miles east southeast of Keystone, that has spread to surrounding grassland. Individuals are asked to avoid the area to allow crews room to work.
High wind warnings and advisories are in place for the much of the region through Sunday evening, with some areas seeing gusts up to 70 mph.