Saturday, April 23, 2016

Storm Hill Fire

Update 4/24/16 at 3:30 PM

   * Fire size:  GPS today - 192 acres, private and US Forest Service Land
   * 50% contained
   * Resources: Federal, state and local
   * Human caused - under investigation
   * Fuels:  Heavy bug killed area; smoke will be visible for several days

Update 4/24/16 at 8:30 AM

Photos of Storm Hill Fire from last night and early this morning: (Photo credit: Randy Albright)

* Fire size estimated at 100+ acres.
* Hwy. 16/385 re-opened at 2:30 AM; If traveling in the area, Be alert for fire operations traffic
* Cause: investigation continues - determined 'not natural cause.' 
* Fire 50% contained, line established all around fire

Hwy. 16/385 will be closed for the night.

Update at 12:30 AM:  Fire estimated at 100 acres.  Burn-out operations being finalized. 
Updated photos at 11:15 PM  by Rob Lehmann, Incident Commander. Location by Mitchell Lake

New photos from Jim Burk, SDWF at 9:40 PM:

   * No containment report at this time, but firefighters have line established on the east, northwest and south side of the fire.  Burn out operations will continue through the night.        
* Fuels are bug killed trees with much 'dead & down'

New photo from 8:40 PM by Jim Strain SDWF Chief of Ops taken from Hwy. 385 by Three Forks:

Update at 7:40 PM - Hwy. 16/385 will be closed for the night.

   * Reported April 23, 2016 at 2:05 PM
   * Located east of Hill City by the sawmill - private and US Forest Service lands
   * Structures threatened
   * 25 acres
   * Resources on-site:  Federal, State of SD and Pennington County,hand crew
   * Cause undetermined, investigation requested
   * Two photos from Winston Cadotte, SDWF


Photo at 4:40 PM from Jim Burk, SDWF

Photo at 6:35 from Josh Hoffmann, Black Hills NF: