UPDATE: Grass Fire NE of Ellsworth AFB at 828 acres
Just after 1:30 PM, a grass fire was spotted northeast of Ellsworth AFB, prompting response from several fire departments across the area.
3:21 PM UPDATE:
BOX ELDER, S.D. — Local fire agencies are tackling a fast-moving grassfire about seven miles northeast of Ellsworth Air Force Base.
Meade County Emergency Management and Pennington County Fire are on scene assessing the situation.
NewsCenter1 reporter Darsha Nelson is on the scene relaying information from those officials.
Fire is estimated at 828 acres at approximately 60% containment.
Structures were threatened, but that threat has been mitigated.
“We do have some structures that were threatened; that has been mitigated,” says Pennington County Fire Administrator Jerome Harvey. “We do have some residential areas on the southeast edge of the fire, but that has been mitigated. The forward progress of the fire has been stopped.”
The fire is still under investigation.
We will provide details as soon as they become available.
According to Pennington County Fire Administrator Jerome Harvey, the fire north of Elk Creek Rd. is 828 acres and approximately 60% contained. Structures were threatened but that threat has now been mitigated. No cause yet. No injuries reported. @NewsCenter1 pic.twitter.com/owWz29kFpB
— Darsha Nelson (@darsha_tv) July 20, 2022
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