Hat Mountain Fire almost contained near Johnson Siding
UPDATE (September 29, 12:30 pm): According to Great Plains Fire Information, crews have a combination of dozer line, hand line and hose lay completely around the fire. Fire officials are anticipating 100% containment late this afternoon.
According to the US Forest Service, the fire area is at 36 acres. Air resources have been released and crews will continue mop-up operations today and into the next few days to ensure the fire is put out.
“The quick response and excellent relationships with our interagency partners resulted in the successful outcome of minimizing impacts and protecting homes in the area,” said Josh Morgan, Fire Management Officer for the Mystic Ranger District. “The change in weather also played a key role in getting around this fire as quick as we did.”
Air resources have been demobilized but crews will continue mop-up operations for the next few days until the fire is out.
Smoke may be present in the area for the next several days. The cause remains under investigation.
UPDATE (8:30 p.m.): According to Public Information Officer Halley Legge, the size of the fire reached 25 acres and it is 75 percent contained. There is no information on the cause at this time. Bogus Jim Road is set to reopen at midnight tonight.
UPDATE 4:28 p.m. — The fire burning approximately eight miles west of Rapid City has been designated the Hat Mountain Fire.
According to Pennington County Fire Administrator Jerome Harvey, the size of the fire is now estimated at 8-12 acres in heavy timber.
U.S. Forest Service Public Information Officer Scott Jacobson adds that engines, bulldozers, and handcrews are on scene, and that air resources have been ordered.
Bogus Jim Road is closed from the intersection with Norris Peak Road.
UPDATE 3:31 p.m. — A spokesperson for the U.S. Forest Service says the fire is burning near Bogus Jim Road off of Norris Peak Road. There are homes in the area, but no evacuations have been ordered at this time.
The fire is currently estimated at two to four acres in heavy timber.
Firefighters from the Black Hills National Forest, South Dakota Wildland Fire, and area volunteer fire departments are responding.
Two single-engine air tankers have been called in.
The cause of the fire is still undetermined.
PENNINGTON COUNTY, S.D. — Firefighters are responding to reports of a wildland fire west of Rapid City, in the vicinity of Johnson Siding.
Smoke from the fire is clearly visible from the west side of Rapid City.
As of 3:10 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, the cause and size of the fire are unknown.
Southerly winds at 14 mph, gusting to 30 mph, are pushing the flames north.
This is a developing story. Check back with NC1.TV for updates.