UPDATE: multiple fire crews respond to Agate Bed Fire near Fairburn

(UPDATE: 3/7/2021 @ 11:10 a.m.): Brian Daunt, Zone Fire Management Officer for Buffalo Gap National Grassland and Incident Commander for the Agate Bed Fire, estimates the fire at 10% containment and 2,000 acres on Sunday morning.

No structures are threatened at this time.

Crews say conditions are improving and they anticipate major progress on the fire today.

The fire is under investigation but is believed to be human-caused.

FAIRBURN, S.D. — Wildland firefighters from around the region are battling a grass fire in east central Custer County Saturday night.

The Agate Bed Fire started about nine miles east of Fairburn between 2:00 and 2:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

Custer County Fire, a Pennington County Fire assist team, and crews from the Buffalo Gap National Grassland and Nebraska National Grassland have all responded.

The Great Plains Interagency Dispatch Center estimates the fire has already consumed about 250 acres, although firefighters on the ground say it’s hard to get a good estimate due to the rugged terrain.

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