Hughes County fire 90% contained
PIERRE, SD – A wind driven grass fire north of Pierre is now estimated to be 90% controlled.
Hughes County Emergency Manager Rob Fines says the fire so far has burned an estimated 350 acres of crop land and an additional 80 acres of grass.
Fines says no homes or structures were lost.
The same high winds that helped spread the fire also pushed the blaze towards nearby Lake Oahe in an area known as Peoria Flats.
Strong northwest winds gusting past 50 mph drove smoke from the fire into the Capital City and caused visibility issues miles downriver from Oahe Dam.