Vineyard Fire at 90 percent containment

The latest on the Vineyard Fire in Hot Springs.

Wednesday, Aug. 15

Barriers and the No Travel Advisory on Highway 18/385 aka Fall River Road have been removed. The fire is now at 90 percent containment.


Tuesday, Aug. 14

Fire crews have reached 55 percent containment. 


Monday, Aug. 13, 4:15 p.m.

All pre-evacuations have been lifted. Earlier, the Red Cross closed the emergency shelter in Hot Springs.

The public is asked to avoid unnecessary travel on Fall River Road, as fire crews are still working in the area.

Crews expect the fire to be fully contained on Friday. 

The 560-acre burn area has been outlined in the map below, courtesy of the Fall River County Sheriff’s Office. You can see Battle Mountain Tower as marked by the red triangles in the top left corner.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


3:30 p.m.

The Vineyard Fire has grown to 560 acres, but it’s now at 40 percent containment, according to Great Plains Fire Information. 


1:05 p.m.

The evacuation shelter in Hot Springs is closing. The Red Cross is ready to re-open the shelter or provide other assistance if needed.

“We’d like to thank firefighters, emergency officials and other community partners,” said Richard Smith, executive director for Central and Western South Dakota. “We are proud to support the Hot Springs community and are thankful for strong partnerships that will keep this community safe.”

As far as the fire outlook, Incident Commander Ray Bubb with the South Dakota Wildland Fire Division is concerned about the weather forecast. High winds are expected late Monday night into Tuesday, possibly helping the fire spread.


8:30 a.m.

The Vineyard Fire in Hot Springs is estimated at 468 acres with containment only at 5 percent.

Type 2 teams are no longer en route to the Vineyard Fire, although some crews may be present on the scene at this time.

According to Great Plains Fire Information, the plan Monday is to take advantage of the cooler temperatures and higher humidity. They will continue to build containment lines using dozers, hand crews, and engines. Air resources will be utilized when needed. 

View from Rapid City


Sunday, Aug. 12, 6:45 p.m.

A special town meeting at the Mueller Center has provided additional information on evacuation notices, additional support on its way and information on where displaced residents can take their pets.

All evacuations throughout Hot Springs have been lifted. Pre-evacuations are still in place for Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth streets, Valley View and Eagle View subdivisions, as well as Galveston Circle, Galveston Avenue and Galveston Heights Street east of Highway 18. If you are under any form of evacuation notice and have questions, please call dispatch at 605-745-5155.

A Type 2 fire crew from Colorado will arrive by Monday to provide tactical support for firefighters.

The Black Hills and Battle Mountain humane societies are offering to provide shelter for any animals displaced by the fire. 


4:40 p.m.

Fall River County has issued a full evacuation for Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth streets from the south end of the VA to Jensen Highway. Evacuees are encouraged to go to the Mueller Center for an informational meeting about the fire at 6 p.m. Sunday. 


3:45 p.m.

Pre-evacuations in Hot Springs are taking place on Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth streets, all the way up to the VA. Everyone in this area, please begin gathering your valuables, medications, pets and any supplies you may need in the event this turns into an evacuation.



3 p.m.

The Vineyard Fire has reached 250 acres. As of right now, it is 5 percent contained.  Here is a current map of the evacuation area, courtesy of the Fall River County Sheriff’s Office.


1:40 p.m.

Dairy Queen, Taco Johns and other businesses in the southeast part of town are being closed and evacuated. A Type 2 team has been ordered and will arrive Saturday night and Monday morning. A fire management assistance grant declaration has been made for FEMA money.


12:40 p.m.

Evacuation orders have been issued for Galveston Circle, Galveston Avenue and Galveston Heights Street East of Highway 18. Emergency management is asking for NO travel on Fall River Road. 


11:40 a.m.

Evacuation orders have been issued per the Fall River County Sheriff’s Office for Galveston Heights behind the Winners Circle, as well as Eagle Valley.


10:30 a.m.

The Vineyard fire has been upgraded from a Type 4 fire to a Type 3 fire. This allows extra resources to be brought in to battle the Vineyard Fire. There is a RED FLAG warning for the fire area from noon to 9 p.m. due to low relative humidity and gusty winds. There is a Red Cross Shelter at the Mueller Center in Hot Springs for those displaced or who need information. Call 605-745-3446.


9:10 a.m.

The Vineyard Fire has grown to 180 acres. Containment estimates are still pending from the incident commander. Stay tuned to NewsCenter1 throughout the day for updates on containment progress.


Saturday, Aug. 11, 8 p.m.

The Vineyard Fire has grown to 130 acres. The incident commander tells NewsCenter1 that crews are getting control, but they do not have containment estimates yet.

A heavy air tanker has arrived on scene. Generally, air tankers can only operate during daylight and twilight. The incident commander says they expect a helitanker on scene Sunday.

Additionally, they expect to upgrade the fire to a Type 3 incident on Sunday.


6:15 p.m.

The fire has grown to between 80 and 85 acres. Two single-engine air tankers, helicopters and a heavy air tanker have all been called in. Ground resources include two hand crews, a state bulldozer, and engines and support from state, federal and local volunteer fire departments.

As many as 70 structures are threatened, and some homes have been evacuated.


5:15 p.m.

Firefighters are battling a blaze approximately a mile outside of Hot Springs along Highway 18 towards the junction with Highway 79.

Vineyard Fire, located approximately 1 mile SE
of  Hot Springs, as seen from the intersection of
Highways 18 and 79

According to Great Plains Fire Dispatch, the fire – now designated the Vineyard Fire – is at least 40 acres in size.

In addition to the Hot Springs Volunteer Fire Department, state and federal resources are responding. 

A single-engine air tanker based in Chadron, Neb. has also responded.

NewsCenter1 has a crew en route and will update this story as necessary.