Limited evacuations underway as fire crews battle wildfire near Rapid City
UPDATE (5:18): South Dakota Department of Transportation says Interstate 90 has reopened from Exit 150 at Kadoka to Exit 192 at Murdo.
UPDATE (5:14): Around 12:26 p.m. on Monday, the “6” Fire was reported in Jones County, five miles north of Okaton and nine miles northwest of Murdo. Jurisdiction unknown at this time.
The fire is estimated at 5,000 acres but size is unconfirmed.
UPDATE (4:46): Residents can return to Schroeder Road & West Berry Hill Road.
Map of evacuation areas from Schroeder Road fire:
Nameless Cave Rd
Mini Luzahan Camp
Residents can return to Schroeder Road & West Berry Hill Road. Nemo Road is open again after brief closing. pic.twitter.com/KxpEflWfb9
— Pennington County SO (@PennCoSheriff) March 29, 2021
UPDATE (4:31): Fire crews continue to fight the 244 Fire, 1.5 miles southwest of Keystone, SD. The fire is estimated at 75 acres. Many more resources have been ordered and are enroute.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial and roads leading into the Memorial are closed until further notice.
UPDATE (4:29): Location Weston County, WY, nine miles north, north east of Newcastle, WY
UPDATE (4:27): Bobcat Fire was reported around 1:02 p.m. at 5-10 acres. Unknown cause, no exact location given.
UPDATE (4:25): The size of the fire 1.5 miles south of Keystone was downsized from 30 acres to 15 acres following air attack. Crews are doing burnout operations and some mop-up. Initial structure protection resources will be released to other fires. Fire officials request that people from the public to please stay away from the area and allow firefighters to do their work.
UPDATE (4:01): Black Hills Animal Hospital is helping with displaced dogs and cats and is asking evacuees to reach out at (605) 343-6066.
UPDATE (3:52): SD-44 closed between 7.4mi W and 4mi W of US 16 W (Rapid City).
UPDATE (3:41): Fire officials confirm that the Schroeder Fire started on private land. No details or causes have been released.
UPDATE (3:33): Noem said of the Keystone fires: one is 75 acres and is not threatening the Monument; A fire closer to Keystone does not appear to be threatening any businesses at this time. The situation is fluid.
UPDATE (3:30): In a press conference, Gov. Noem confirmed that homes and structures have been lost to the Schroeder Fire. No reports of injuries at this time.
UPDATE (3:04): Road is closed at Pennington & Custer County line off of 16A (seasonal gates).
UPDATE (2:48): Keystone fire has caused the closure of Mt. Rushmore National Memorial.
UPDATE (2:41): U.S. Highway 16A (Iron Mountain Road) from S.D. Highway 244 to S.D. Highway 36 is closed immediately.
UPDATE (2:31): SD-248 closed between 6.6mi E of SD 240at Cactus Flat and 11.2mi W of I90 W at Murdo.
UPDATE (2:21): Nemo Road is now open to through traffic.
Restricted Access: Checkpoints to the following areas have been established:
- West Berry Trails
- Schroeder Road
UPDATE (2:18): FEMA authorized funds to fight the Schroeder fire in Pennington County.
UPDATE (1:51): Highway 44 is closed west of Rapid City between Norris Peak Road at Johnson Siding and Chappell Lane.
UPDATE (1:46): Dark Canyon and Magic Canyon area is under an evacuation.
UPDATE (1:30): Cavern Road is evacuating.
UPDATE: (1:10 p.m.): Fire evacuation areas include: Pinedale Heights, Nameless Cave, and Cleghorn Canyon Road.
UPDATE (1:08 p.m.): Highway 44 from Chapel Lane to Johnson Siding #2 is closed.
UPDATE (12:44 p.m.): Highway 244 is closed from Keystone to the stoplight at Mount Rushmore Memorial. 16A beginning at Grizzly Campground is also closed.
UPDATE (12:30 p.m.): Hwy 16 A from Keystone towards Mount Rushmore has been closed due to the wildfire.
Camp Mniluzahan has been evacuated. A spokesperson said they evacuated upon first hearing about the fire.
UPDATE (12:00 p.m.): Pennington County Emergency Management has set up 2-1-1 to provide residents information on the rapidly-changing situation regarding the Schroeder Road Fire.
At this time:
- Nemo Road is closed at City Limits
- Westberry Trails Subdivision is under evacuation
Those who have evacuated are encouraged to check in at Red Cross Reception at South Canyon Baptist Church, 3333 W. Chicago St. #2317.
Pennington County Residents are encouraged to sign up for warning messages HERE to receive emergency information that may be released for this fire or any other rapidly developing
UPDATE (11:30 a.m.): The RCFD is warning that Pinedale Heights and West Camp Rapid could possibly be next to evacuate. Residents are asked to prepare for that possibility.
Pinedale Heights and West Camp Rapid could possibly be next to evacuate. The fire is spreading, so please be ready to evacuate if need be.
— Rapid City Fire Dept (@RapidCityFire) March 29, 2021
UPDATE (10:45 a.m.): Westberry Trails Subdivision has been ordered to evacuate according to Pennington County Emergency management.
Wildfire. Immediately evacuate Westberry Trails Subdivision. Evacuate towards Rapid City.
— Penn Co Emg Mgmt (@penncoem2) March 29, 2021
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Fire crews are responding to a wildfire in the in the Schroeder Road area west of Rapid City.
Limited evacuations are taking place, as the acreage of the blaze is estimated at 200 acres and growing. Officials are asking the public to stay clear of the area.
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We are receiving several calls about a fire in the area. We do have crews on scene assisting with the blaze. Smoke will be visible from the west side of town. The fire is in the Schroeder Road area. Remember fire danger is extreme today, be vigilant!
— Rapid City Fire Dept (@RapidCityFire) March 29, 2021