Wednesday forecast and Schroeder Fire Update: Critical fire conditions return Thursday

Weather conditions expected to slightly improve Wednesday for firefighting efforts, but only temporarily.
  • Weather conditions expected to slightly improve Wednesday for firefighting efforts, but only temporarily.
  • Winds will pick back up this afternoon from the northwest, 10-15 with gusts up to 25… 30 for the plains.
  • Relative humidity values will hover between 15%-25% across the area – so still very dry.. Temperatures will climb to the 40s and 50s.
  • A FIRE WEATHER WATCH has been issued by the National Weather Service for West River and the Black Hills for Thursday
  • This is due to winds from the southwest gusting up to 35 MPH in the afternoon, combined with warming temps into the 50s and 60s and RH values near 10-15%.

Here is the latest information on the Schroeder fire as of 8 AM Wednesday from the Schroeder Fire 2021 Facebook Page

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“Current Situation – 7:00 am 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 air tankers 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.
Evacuations: For information on evacuations can be found by visiting:

Safety: Many road closures are in place. For closure area updates, please visit: the Pennington County Sheriff’s Facebook page at

. The public is asked to avoid traveling on roads in the vicinity of the fire for their own safety and the safety of firefighters.

Fire Statistics:
Start Date: 3/29/2021
Size: 2165 acres
Location: 1 mile west of Rapid City
Cause: human-caused
Total Personnel: 250
Containment: 47%
Resources Include: Federal, State, and Local
For a high-resolution version of this map, please go to:

#SchroederFire  ”

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