Schroeder Fire contained, but not out

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Schroeder Fire is 100% contained as of Monday morning, but it’s not a wrap just yet.

Fire line managers and support staff remain hard at work preparing to turn over the reins to local management. Ground crews spent Monday putting out hot spots before handing over control Monday evening.

However, containment does not mean the fire is out.

“The difference between containment and control is contained we feel comfortable that the fire isn’t going to proceed anymore, control is that we feel that the whole perimeter is out and in a state were we can just patrol and monitor,” said Jared Hohn, Incident Commander for the Rocky Mountain Blue Team.

A cold front Monday afternoon brought with it a bit of a breeze – increasing the fire danger for the day – but there does appear to be some relief in sight.

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photo courtesy: Brad Gilbert

A storm system expected to hit Tuesday is expected bring some well-needed rain.

“That precipitation though is definitely going to be helpful for not only our fire but the entire region. It’s going to be a wide spread precipitation event across state,” said Incident Meteorologist Darren Clabo.

Clabo says the state typically doesn’t see much fire activity in late April and early May, which is our wettest time of year.

But he stresses for us to practice fire prevention leading into what is looking like a very dry summer.

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