Auburn Fire at 70% containment

UPDATE (10/7/21 @ 1:45 p.m.): According to Great Plains Fire Information, the Auburn Fire has been mapped at 968.17 acres, with containment at 70%.


UPDATE (10/7/21 @ 8:45 a.m.): Firefighters will continue with mop up and rehab operations throughout the day Thursday.

Residents near the fire can expect to see smoke coming from the area.

Image From Ios 7UPDATE (10/5/21 @ 9:40 a.m.): As of Tuesday morning, the Auburn Fire has grown to 500-750 acres and is at 25% containment.

Overnight crews were able to conduct burn-out operations, taking advantage of weather conditions, which helped greatly in securing the fire line.

Fire weather conditions Tuesday going into Wednesday will remain near critical levels.

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem arrived in Rapid City Tuesday morning to meet with firefighters and received a briefing from Incident Commander Tim Daly.

Daly says as of Tuesday morning, no structures or livestock had been lost. Evacuations and road closures are still in place.

Locals are asked to avoid the area and keep drones grounded to avoid impeding fire operations.

UPDATE (8:45 p.m.): According to Great Plains Fire Information, crews will continue with a night operational shift. Their main objective will be to construct and strengthen direct and indirect containment lines and to maintain a presence near structures.

For updates on areas of concern or evacuations, please visit the PennCo Public Safety Hub.

UPDATE (8:16 p.m.): According to multiple sources, the Auburn Fire will likely be a long-term fire over the next two to four days.

Tonight is the best chance for crews to stop forward progress with major paved roads being a good barrier along with Type 6 engines.

If the fire line were to jump, southwesterly winds will likely push the fire in western Meade County where there are less roads and plenty of open grassland.

UPDATE (7:30 p.m.): Rapid City Fire Department provided a video of the Auburn Fire on Twitter. So far, the fire has burned approximately 250-300 acres and is 0% contained.


UPDATE (5:45 p.m.): Residents south of Elk Creek Road north of the Pennington County Line, east of Erickson Ranch Road and West of Haines Avenue are advised an evacuation may be ordered soon.

Residents of this area are encouraged to begin prepping for evacuation. An evacuation order is NOT mandatory at this time.

UPDATE (4:59 p.m.): According to Tessa Jaeger of the RCFD, the Auburn Fire has burned approximately 250-300 acres.

UPDATE (4:07 p.m.): Great Plains Fire Information has updated that the Auburn Fire is approximately 100 acres.

Air resources are on scene assisting with the fire off of Haines Ave.

— Rapid City Fire Dept (@RapidCityFire) October 4, 2021

UPDATE (3:00 pm.): According to the Rapid City Fire Department, the fire began off of Henderson Road right after 1:30 p.m.

The RCPD is asking onlookers to avoid evacuation area, as they are impeding firefighting efforts.


UPDATE (2:35 pm): The western edge of Kimberly Circle has been evacuated. Kimberly Circle is closed to public.

Mandatory evacuations have been declared east of Deadwood Avenue and north of Interstate 90.

RAPID CITY, S.D. — A wildfire in North Rapid west of Haines Avenue and Auburn Drive is leading to evacuations.

According to the Rapid City Fire Department, the fire is located off of Henderson Drive.

Authorities are asking people to please avoid the area. Evacuations of sections of Edgewood Estates and Pinecrest Village are in progress.

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