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UPDATE 4/5/21 (7:00 a.m.): The Schroeder Fire is reported as 100% contained. Management of the remaining hotspots will now be transferred back to local fire agencies.


UPDATE 4/4/21 (4:50 p.m.):

Good morning! Our hard-working firefighters have reached their goal of 100% containment of the Schroeder Fire, at 2,224…

Posted by Schroeder Fire 2021 on Monday, April 5, 2021

UPDATE 4/4/21 (4:50 p.m.): Residents around and within the fire area will likely see smoke rising from hot spots on the ridges above Cleghorn Canyon and Nameless Cave Road, and in the National Guard West Campus. Interior hot spots do not threaten to breach containment.

Incident Commander Jared Hohn reminded firefighters to maintain situational awareness. “It’s easy to become complacent when we’re sitting at 94% containment and fire activity has calmed. There are still a lot of hazards out there and work to be done, so let’s stay focused and keep each other safe.”

Objectives continue to maintain firefighter, aviator, and public safety as top priority. Please drive slowly and be mindful that firefighters will remain working alongside roadways and neighborhoods. Firefighters and the public also need to be watchful for falling trees that have been weakened by fire.

UPDATE 4/3/21 (1:50 p.m.): Fire crews will be out monitoring the perimeter areas of the Schroeder Fire today. Two sections of the fire line remain uncontained. Operations Section Chief trainee Nathan Hallam stated in this mornings update that containment along those small sections of line is difficult due to steep, rough terrain. Smoke is likely to be visible for several days until the area receives thorough moisture. Nameless Cave and Cleghorn Canyon remain open to residents only.


Operations Section Chief trainee Nathan Hallam showing a map of the Schroeder Fire. Red lines (also highlighted in yellow) indicate areas where the fire line is not contained.

UPDATE 4/2/21 (10:44 p.m.): The Schroeder Fire is now at 94% containment.

UPDATE 4/2/21 (8:30 a.m.): Effective at 9:00 am, residents of Nameless Cave Road & Cleghorn Canyon can now return to their homes.

These were the last areas to open after evacuations were put in place on Monday, 3/29/21, following the spread of fire from the Schroeder Road area. Law enforcement will be visible

 The 244 Fire is now 100% contained at 136 acres, and some resources are demobilizing from the incident. A Type 4 incident organization remains in place, under Incident Commander Eric Allen, to continue mop-up and rehab of fireline, and patrol lines to guard against any potential wind-driven rekindle.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial is open with no restrictions; please drive carefully and be on the lookout for fire traffic along SD 244.

US 16A, Iron Mountain Road, will reopen at 7:00 p.m. Friday night.

UPDATE 4/1/21 (7:22 p.m.): Fire officials say that the Schroeder Road Fire is now at 86% containment. Officials will be meeting Friday morning to discuss the status of the remaining evacuations for Cleghorn Canyon and Nameless Cave, which remain under evacuation overnight tonight.

Below are two satellite pictures of the Schroeder Fire, taken by the Sentinel-2 satellite. Green indicates denser…

Posted by US National Weather Service Rapid City South Dakota on Thursday, April 1, 2021

UPDATE (10:00 a.m.): West Hwy 44 is open to through traffic. Nameless Cave Road & Cleghorn Canyon remain closed and evacuated where fire operations continue.

Residents may now return to other evacuated areas along W. Hwy 44. Resident traffic only.

WATCH: Incident Command for the Schroeder Fire is scheduled to give an update at 10:00 a.m.

UPDATE (5:30 a.m.) – FORECAST

UPDATE (7:30 p.m.): A virtual community meeting was held on the official Schroeder Fire 2021 Facebook page on Wednesday.
Containment has not changed. There is no timeline on opening Highway 44 or the nearby evacuated areas as of yet. Fire crews will continue to work throughout the night in uncontained areas.

UPDATE (5:20 p.m.): According to a tweet from the Pennington County Emergency Management Twitter account, Mt. Rushmore National Memorial Park will be open on Thursday, April 1. Highway 244 is expected to be open on Thursday as well. Iron Mt Road will remain closed.

UPDATE (9:45 a.m.):  Cinnamon Ridge added to resident return list. Highway 44 will stay closed overnight, including all side roads east and west of Highway 44.

UPDATE (9:15 a.m.):  Residents can now return to Pinedale Heights Area, Westberry Trails Area, Red Dale Drive & National Guard Way.
Roads remain closed at Highway 44 at Chapel Lane and Highway 44 at Johnson Siding Fire Station #2.
These areas can now be accessed by homeowners only. Law enforcement will be posted to allow access for residents.

UPDATE 7:00 a.m. 3/31/2021: Last night, firefighters protected structures as they continued to build and improve firelines to contain the fire. An infrared mapping flight Tuesday afternoon measured the fire’s size at 2,165 acres. Containment is now 47% and is expected to increase steadily.
The fire continues to burn in steep rough country inaccessible by roads. Heavy airtankers and helicopters continue to support ground firefighters as they protect homes and work to contain the fire.
The incident objectives are to keep the fire north of Highway 44, south of Nemo Road, west of Rapid City limits, and east of Nameless Cave Road and Wild Irishman Road.
Weather: Windy conditions are expected to continue through Wednesday afternoon. Winds are not as strong as those on Monday and Tuesday, but still pose a challenge to firefighters.

Current Situation – 7:00 am 3/31/2021: Last night, firefighters protected structures as they continued to build and…

Posted by Schroeder Fire 2021 on Wednesday, March 31, 2021


5:49 AM UPDATE: Forecast-

8:30 PM UPDATE — Bixby Road in Perkins County is now open. No travel is advised in the burned area due to poor visibility. Essential travel only.

8:15 PM UPDATE — According to Incident Information System, the Schroeder fire is now 47% contained.

6:30 PM UPDATE — SD Highway 20 west of Bison is now open. Perkins County Sheriff’s Office requests that people limit travel in the area to essential traffic only. Be cautious of fire trucks and first responders and reduce speed as visibility may be limited in some spots.

5:30 PM

5:00 PM UPDATE — The temporary closure of Mount Rushmore National Memorial is being extended through March 31. Continued wind gusts and low moisture levels are resulting in the closure of the park on Wednesday.

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4:00 PM

3:18 PM UPDATE — The Divide Fire in Perkins County has spread approximately three miles south of Highway 20 and is headed southeast near Bixby Road. Anybody who is in the path of this fire has been asked to be prepared to evacuate. Bixby Road has now been closed in addition to Highway 20.

3:00 PM UPDATE — Highway 20 has been closed at this time due to no visibility and an active fire. The Divide Fire in Perkins County has flared up and crossed highway 20 near the junction of SD 75. Citizens are asked to stay away from the area of the fire.

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UPDATE (1:00 p.m.): No additional closures or evacuations.
Residents along Cavern Road may now return to their homes. Since Hwy 44 is closed from Rapid City, they must access from Johnson Siding.
There is still active fire burning. Authorities expect current road and neighborhood closures to hold through the night.

UPDATE (10:00 a.m.): Mount Rushmore will remain closed today.

As of 9:00 am this morning, the Divide Fire is estimated to be approximately 80% contained. Crews are continuing to work…

Posted by Perkins County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, March 30, 2021


UPDATE (9:30 a.m.): Overnight the Schroeder Road fire crossed into Cleghorn Canyon & Nameless Cave areas. According to PCSO, at least one home has been lost.

The fire is 0% contained at this time.

Officials are not advising any other evacuations at this time. Fire is still half mile away from Chapel Valley and fire officials don’t feel evacuations are necessary at this time.

Roads are blocked at
-Highway 44 at Chapel Lane
-Highway 44 at Johnson Siding Fire Station #2
-Red Dale at National Guard Way
-Pine Dale Ridge at S Berry Pine Rd
-Westberry Hill Rd at Nemo Road

UPDATE: 6:56 AM – weather forecast

UPDATE (8:52): Save Them All Rescue announced that anybody being evacuated and needing a place for their animals for the night can come to Rock Valley Gardens, 7575 Haines Street. They are set up and want to help.

An infrared completed a mapping flight over the Schroeder Fire Monday around 7:30 p.m. Here’s a map showing the fire area:


courtesy: Schroeder Fire via Facebook

UPDATE (8:43): Black Hills Energy confirms that power has been restored to all customers who experienced an outage due to wildfires and high winds on Monday.

UPDATE (8:37): The Schroeder Fire is currently estimated at 1,900 acres and 0% containment.


Posted by Perkins County Sheriff’s Office on Monday, March 29, 2021

UPDATE (7:56): The Perkins County Sheriff has reported a large fire burning west of Bison that has now crossed Highway 20, a mile south of Hwy. 20 at the Bison Golf Course. Anyone near or in the path of this fire should be ready for quickly-changing conditions and make preparations to evacuate.

UPDATE (7:43): A wildland fire partially located on the grounds of Mount Rushmore National Memorial has resulted in the temporary closure of the park. Due to high winds and low moisture levels, a date for reopening the park has yet to be determined.

UPDATE (7:40): The fire in Jones County, now known as the Dry Creek Fire, is currently estimated at 9,400 acres. It is five miles north of Okaton and nine miles northwest of Murdo.

UPDATE (7:38): Argyle Fire in Hot Springs is now contained – estimated at 3.15 acres.

UPDATE (7:35): The size of the fire southwest of Keystone has been downsized to 15 acres following air attack. Please stay away from the area as crews continue to work.

UPDATE (6:27): One residential structure and two outbuildings have been lost so far in the Schroeder Road fire.

UPDATE (5:56): Fire officials have reopened Schroeder Rd to residents. All other evacuation areas, including Westberry Trails, remain closed through the night.

UPDATE (5:46): The Schroeder Fire is estimated at 800 acres. MMA flight was ordered from Colorado to fly the fire tonight and get a more accurate size. Power lines were damaged. A structure assessment team has been ordered. Three heavy airtankers were ordered and will report to the Tanker Base. An air attack platform was ordered. Winds have decreased and a National Guard helicopter has been in use.

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.

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 en-route.

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.

UPDATE (10:45 a.m.): Westberry Trails Subdivision has been ordered to evacuate according to Pennington County Emergency management.

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.

NewsCenter1 will continue to provide updates as they are made available.


Red pin is approximate location.


Red pin is approximate location.

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