Saturday, September 22, 2018

September 22, 2018 - Heavy Smoke

There is heavy smoke coming in from the fires in the west.  As of right now, there are no active fires in the area. If you see an active fire, please call 911!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

September 18, 2018

Horse Creek (10:10 pm 08/17/2018)

  • Located in Fall River County, 5 1/2 miles East of Edgemont
  • Size is 8.3 acres
  • Cause was lightning
  • State and local resources responded
  • Contained as of 11:35 pm

Monday, September 17, 2018

Long Draw Prescribed Fire Planned Tuesday, September 18, 2018 near Hill City, SD

Rapid City, SD – Black Hills National Forest Central Zone Fire is planning to ignite 116 acres on the Long Draw project on Tuesday, September 18, weather permitting.

This project is located approximately 5 miles west of Hill City, SD near Newton Fork Road, south of Reno Gulch road, Odakota Mountain and west of the Medicine Mountain Boy Scout Camp.

The goal of the Long Draw Prescribed Fire is to establish and maintain a mosaic of vegetation conditions over the project area. This project will lessen the severity and extent of future wildfires in the project area by breaking up the continuity of dead, downed fuels, ultimately reducing fuel loads. Fire will also be utilized as a tool to thin pine regeneration and increase canopy base heights. Additionally, the burn will stimulate browse for big game species.

Smoke will be visible from Rapid City, Hill City, Custer, SD, surrounding areas and from Highway 16/385. Smoke will also be visible in the days following ignition and firefighters will remain on scene monitoring the burn for as long as needed.

Weather conditions will be monitored closely to assure prescribed fire conditions align with management objectives for the burn.

For more information on Black Hills National Forest prescribed fire, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/blackhills/fire/?cid=FSEPRD575179.

Follow Great Plains Fire Information online at: http://gpfireinfo.blogspot.com/ for current fire and prescribed fire updates.

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

September 16, 2018

September 16, 2018 - Updated at 6:40 p.m.

Carroll Fire
Location: 3 miles northwest of Pringle, SD and along Carroll Creek Road
Size: 2 acres
Reported at 10:50 a.m.
Contained at 5:35 p.m.
Cause: Under Investigation
Local, State, and Federal resources responded.

MM 133 Fire
Location: Mile Marker 133 along Interstate 90, east of Wall, SD
Size: .3 acres
Contained at 4:40 p.m.
Cause: Equipment
Local and Federal resources responded.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

September 12, 2018

September 12, 2018 - Updated @ 1:40 p.m.

Thunderhead Fire
Location: West of Rapid City, SD and .25 miles west of Hisega Road
Size: .1 acre
Reported at 10:19 a.m.
Cause: Undetermined
Local, State, and Federal resources are responding.
Contained at 12:45 p.m.

Lookout Fire
Location: 1 mile east of Spearfish, SD near Lookout Tower Road
Size: .3 acre in grass and timber litter
Reported at 5:38 a.m.
Contained & Controlled around 8:30 a.m.
Cause: Human
Local and federal resources responded. No values were at risk.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

September 9, 2018 - Fire Update

Teepee Fire
  • 1 1/2 mile from TeePee Work Center, 16 miles SSW of Custer, SD
  • 0.1 acre
  • Federal resources responded
  • Controlled at 10:20 a.m.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

September 5, 2018

Campground (9:00 am)
  • Located in the Hot Springs KOA Campground
  • .10 acre
  • Local resources responded
  • Contained and controlled at 9:00 am

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

August 29, 2018 - Fire Update

Incident #1   Hay Field Fire


  • Reported at: 11:00 8-29-18
  • Location: North of Spearfish on Chicken Creek Road
  • Estimated Size: 0.10 acre
  • Resources Responding: local
  • Cause: human
  • Out as of 11:45


Wall Canyon Fire 

Updated 8-29-18 at 15:06
  • Fire initially reported on 8-27-18 at 14:50
  • Location: 5 miles south of Hot Springs near Wall Canyon. Fire started on State land but is burning on both State and Forest Service land.
  • Size: approximately 43 acres
  • Resources Responding: crews will continue mop up and patrol through the afternoon and tomorrow for additional mop up and patrol as needed
  • Cause is lightning
  • 100% contained

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Wall Canyon Fire Update - August 28, 2018

Wall Canyon Fire 

Updated 8-28-18 at 19:04
  • Fire initially reported on 8-27-18 at 14:50
  • Location: 5 miles south of Hot Springs near Wall Canyon. Fire started on State land but is burning on both State and Forest Service land.
  • Size: approximately 43 acres
  • Resources Responding: state, local, NE, BKF, state dozer and VFDs
  • All aircraft have been release from the fire
  • Cause is lightning
  • Weather is helping as there are rain showers currently. Terrain and access were difficult which hindered firefighting. 
  • 75% contained and full containment and control is expected by tomorrow evening.

August 28, 2018 Fire Update


Wall Canyon Fire 

Updated 8-28-18 at 11:32
  • Fire initially reported on 8-27-18 at 14:50
  • Location: 5 miles south of Hot Springs near Wall Canyon. Fire started on State land but is burning on both State and Forest Service land.
  • Size: approximately 43 acres
  • Resources Responding: state, local, NE, BKF, state dozer and VFDs
  • All aircraft have been release from the fire
  • Cause is lightning
  • Weather is helping as there are rain showers currently. Terrain and access were difficult which hindered firefighting. 
  • 50% contained.
  • Next Update this evening.

Monday, August 27, 2018

August 27, 2018-Update




Incident #1 _ Wall Canyon Fire (updated 19:43)
  • Reported at: 14:50
  • Location: 5 miles south of Hot Springs near Wall Canyon on State and FS land
  • Estimated Size: 15 to 20 acres
  • Resources Responding: state, local, NE, BKF, state dozer, 1 local SEAT and 2 SEATs coming from Casper,  and there are National Guard Helicopters ordered
  • Cause is Unknown 

Sunday, August 26, 2018

August 26, 2018

Haven Canyon (6:39 pm August 25)

  • Located in Custer County, 5 miles NE of Pringle
  • Size is .5 acres
  • State resources responded
Peaceful Pines (1:49 pm)
  • Located in Meade County, 2 miles NW of Black Hawk
  • Size is .10 acre
  • Federal and State resources responded
  • Contained at 2:30 pm

Saturday, August 18, 2018

August 18, 2018

Dorm Fire
Location: Pine Ridge Job Corp Center
Size:  .95 acres
Reported:  2:43 pm
Local and Federal resources responded
Status: fire is knocked down, lined with expected containment of 8:00 pm
Cause:  UKN .. fire investigator ordered

Thursday, August 16, 2018

August 16, 2018 New Wildfires

Name:  #1 Flight Following
Time Reported: 5:01 pm
Location: Thunder Butte, NE of Faith, SD
Size: N/A
Resources: State and local
Cause: UKN


Name: Dudley Ridge
Time Reported: 5:32 pm
Location: 1 mile SE of Battle Mtn, north of Hot Springs
Size: .83 acres
Resources: State and Federal
Cause: UKN
Status: Crews have it knocked down as of

August 16, 2018 - Great Plains Wildfire Update

August 16, 2018 @ 9:15 a.m.

South Fork Fire
Location: Soldier Creek Wilderness, approx. 7 miles west of Fort Robinson, Nebraska
Size: approx. 2 acres
Reported at 7:39 p.m. on 8/15
Local and Federal Resources responded.
Cause: Lightning
Contained 8/15 @ 10:31 p.m.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

August 15, 2018 - Great Plains Wildfire Update

August 15, 2018 - 9:20 p.m.


South Fork Fire
Location: Soldier Creek Wilderness, approx. 7 miles west of Fort Robinson, Nebraska
Size: approx. 2 acres
Reported at 7:39 p.m.
Resources are responding.
Cause: unkown

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

August 14, 2018 - Great Plains Wildfire Update

August 14, 2018 - 12:22 p.m.


Dark Canyon Fire
Location: Pennington County, SD/East of Mile Marker 37 along State Highway 44
Size: .1 acre
Reported at 11:04 a.m.
Contained & Controlled at 11:45 a.m.
Resources responding: State resources responded
Cause: Lightning

Vineyard Fire Update - August 14th @ 11:30 a.m.

Vineyard Fire Update - August 14, 2018 @ 11:30 a.m.
 
Current Size: 560 acres
Current Containment: 55%
Cause: Under Investigation
Estimated Full Containment Date: Friday, August 17th, 2018
 
  • No injuries have occurred. No structures have been lost. 
  • All Pre-evacuations have been lifted. The Red Cross Shelter has suspended operations unless further need arises. 
  • Fire crews are still working in the area. Please help them out by avoiding unnecessary travel on Fall River Rd.
  • Firefighters continue to take advantage of cooler temperatures and higher humidity, building containment lines using dozers, hand crews, and engines. Ground resources will use air support when needed.
  • Hard work and increasing containment has resulted in decreasing incident complexity. A Type-2 Incident Management team is no longer needed, and the current Type-3 organization will continue to manage the Vineyard Fire with resources already available.
  • For information about the Vineyard Fire, please visit https://www.facebook.com/VineyardFire/.

Vineyard Fire Update - August 14th, 2018

Vineyard Fire Update - August 14, 2018 @ 9:45 a.m.
 
Current Size: 560 acres
Current Containment: 40%
Cause: Under Investigation
Estimated Full Containment Date: Friday, August 17th, 2018
 
  • No injuries have occurred. No structures have been lost. 
  • All Pre-evacuations have been lifted. The Red Cross Shelter has suspended operations unless further need arises. 
  • Fire crews are still working in the area. Please help them out by avoiding unnecessary travel on Fall River Rd.
  • Firefighters continue to take advantage of cooler temperatures and higher humidity, building containment lines using dozers, hand crews, and engines. Ground resources will use air support when needed.
  • Hard work and increasing containment has resulted in decreasing incident complexity. A Type-2 Incident Management team is no longer needed, and the current Type-3 organization will continue to manage the Vineyard Fire with resources already available.
  • For information about the Vineyard Fire, please visit https://www.facebook.com/VineyardFire/.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Vineyard Fire Update - August 13, 2018 @ 3:50 p.m.

Vineyard Fire Update - August 13, 2018 @ 3:50 p.m.
 
Current Size: 560 acres
Current Containment: 40%
Cause: Under Investigation
Estimated Full Containment Date: Friday, August 17th, 2018
 
  • No injuries have occurred. No structures have been lost. 
  • All Pre-evacuations have been lifted. The Red Cross Shelter has suspended operations unless further need arises. 
  • Fire crews are still working in the area. Please help them out by avoiding unnecessary travel on Fall River Rd.
  • Firefighters continue to take advantage of cooler temperatures and higher humidity, building containment lines using dozers, hand crews, and engines. Ground resources will use air support when needed.
  • Hard work and increasing containment has resulted in decreasing incident complexity. A Type-2 Incident Management team is no longer needed, and the current Type-3 organization will continue to manage the Vineyard Fire with resources already available.
  • For information about the Vineyard Fire, please visit https://www.facebook.com/VineyardFire/.
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

August 13, 2018

Vineyard Fire Update, August 13, 2018, 8:15 am 

  • Size: 486 acres 
  • 5% containment 
  • Today, firefighters plan to take advantage of cooler temperatures and higher humidity to continue building containment lines using dozers, hand crews, and engines. Ground resources will use air resources when needed. 
  • A Type 2 Team has been ordered and is en route. Current organization will evaluate fire complexity and behavior to determine future resource needs. 
  • Vineyard Fire Information # 308-760-4342 

Sunday, August 12, 2018

August 12, 2018 - 7 pm Update

Vineyard Fire Update 

Notice from Fall River County Emergency Management: 

“The Incident Commander for the Vineyard Fire has lifted all the mandatory evacuations. People may return to their homes, however, erratic fire behavior means that you may be asked to evacuate again.  If you decide to return home we would ask that you remain vigilant of the fire around you, stay out of the way of firefighters, and keep your bags packed so that you are ready to leave.”

August 12, 2018: 5 pm Update

Vineyard Fire Update, August 12, 2018 at 5 pm
  • As per Fall River County Emergency Management, the following areas are now under evacuation notice:  3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th Streets from the south end of the VA Hospital to Jensen Highway. http://fallriver.sdcounties.org/

August 12, 2018: 4 pm Update

Vineyard Fire Update

  • As per Fall River County Emergency Management, the following areas are under pre-evacuation notice:  3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th Streets from the VA Hospital to the junction of Highway 18 / Highway 18 truck bypass. http://fallriver.sdcounties.org/

August 12, 2018: 3 pm Update

Vineyard Fire Update, August 12, 2018 at 3 pm 

  • Size: 250 acres 
  • 5% containment 
  • Type 2 Incident Management Team has been ordered 
  • Vineyard Fire Information # 308-760-4342 

August 12, 2018: 12:30 pm Update

Vineyard Fire Evacuations as of August 18, 2018 at 12:30 pm

Eagle Valley Subdivision and Galveston Circle, Galveston Avenue and Galveston Heights Street east of Highway 18 as per Fall River County Emergency Management, South Dakota  http://fallriver.sdcounties.org/

August 12, 2018: 9:00 am Update

Vineyard Fire Update for Sunday, August 12 at 9 am 

  • Vineyard Fire is now a Type 3 organization under incident commander Ray Bubb.
  • There is a Red Flag Warning for the fire area from noon to 9 pm due to forecasted low relative humidity and expected gusty winds. 
  • There is a Red Cross shelter at the Mueller Center in Hot Springs, 605-745-3446.
  • Vineyard Fire Information Officer direct # 308-760-4342

August 12, 2018

Vineyard Fire Update: 6:30 am 

  • First Reported Saturday August 11 at about 4 pm
  • Location 1 mile E of Hot Springs on Highway 18 
  • Size: 180 acres 
  • Fire grew approximately 50 acres overnight on the east side. Firefighters focused on structure protection overnight. Additional resource reporting to the fire today. 

Saturday, August 11, 2018

August 11, 2018: 8:20 pm Fire Update

Vineyard Fire 8:20 pm Update

  • Size: 130 acres 
  • No containment reported; Local, State, and Federal Fire Fighting Resources Responding 
  • Additional resources arriving tomorrow 

August 11, 2018: 6:20 pm Update

Vineyard Fire - Updated at 6:20 pm
  • Location: Approximately 1 mile E of Hot Springs, SD on Highway 18 
  • Size: Estimate 80 to 85 acres at 6:15 pm
  • Numerous Ground Resources Ordered and Responding including 2 hand crews, dozer, and Local VFD, State, and Federal engines and support. 
  • Air Resources Ordered: 2 SEATs, Helicopters, and Heavy Air Tanker 
  • Structures Threatened 

Vineyard Fire (initial report)
  • Location: Approximately 1 mile E of Hot Springs, SD on Highway 18
  • Size: estimate 40 acres 
  • Resources responding: Local VFD, State, and Federal
  • SEAT - Single Engine Air Tanker en route from Chadron, NE 

Thursday, August 9, 2018

August 9, 2018

Kip Bridge Pickup Fire

  • 0.75 acres 
  • Contained 
  • Crook County, I-90, 6.5 miles west of Sundance WY 

Monday, July 30, 2018

July 30, 2018

Beaver Fire (1:58 pm)

  • Located 3 miles west of Tilford
  • Size is .25 acres with increased activity
  • State, local and Federal resources are on scene
  • Cause is unknown

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Fire Update 7/28/18

Willow Creek  (09:36)

  • Location: 1.5 miles west of Hardy Guard Station 
  • on Forest service and private land
  • Single tree caused by lightning 
  • Federal resources responded
  • Contained at 12:00

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Fire Update #2 7/26/18

Shepard Draw (13:37)

  • Location: Custer State Park
  • 0.10 acres
  • State and Wind Cave resources responding
  • Cause: lightning
  • Controlled/Contained at 16:22

Fire Update 7/26/18

Fire #1 (08:00)

  • Box Elder, intersection of I-90 and Hwy 14/16 service road
  • 0.10 acres
  • State and local resources responding
  • Cause: spread from structure fire
  • Contained at 08:44

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Fire Update #3 7/25/18

Fire#3 McFarland  (19:10)


  • Location: 8 miles W of Warren Peak, Crook County WY
  • Size: 0.10 acres
  • Resources responding: BKF and local resources 
  • Cause: lightning 

Fire update #2 7/25/18

Fire#1 The Rocks (15:00)


  • Location: 5 miles SW of Warren Peak, Crook County WY
  • Size: 0.18 acres 
  • Resources responding: Local VFD and BLack Hills Forest Service 
  • Cause: lightning 
  • Contained at 20:30

Fire Update 7/25/18

Fire #2 Shaw (16:25)


  • Crook County Fire
  • 0.10 acre
  • Local VFD responded
  • Cause: lightning 
  • Contained and contained at 17:45

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Fire Update #2 7-24-18

Fire #2 West

  • West of Ardmore
  • 4.6 acres
  • Forest Service and local resources responding
  • Cause: lightning
  • Contained at 20:30

Fire Update 7/24/18

Fire #1 Antelope (10:30)

  • South of Chadron, NE, near Table Rd
  • 8 acres
  • NE private
  • Cause: human
  • Contained at 11:30

Monday, July 23, 2018

Fire Update #2 7-23-18

Fire#2 - Cattle Gate  
  • Located: Falling Rock (off of Hwy 44)
  • Size: 1/10 acre
  • Resources: Local fire department
  • Cause: Human
  • Black Hills National Forest
  • Reported: 17:49
  • Contained at 18:18

Fire Update - July 23, 2018

Bach Fire (4:08 pm)
  • Located: 7 miles SW of Chadron, NE
  • Size: 7.7 acres
  • Resources: Nebraska National Forest and local fire department responded 
  • Cause: unknown
  • Private land
  • Jurisdiction: Chadron Fire Department
  • Reported: 16:08
  • Contained at 17:10

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Sunday, July, 22, 2018


Twin Dam North Fire

  • Location: near Fort Pierre
  • Cause is under investigation
  • Size is 1/2 acre
  • Nebraska Forest and local resources responded
  • Controlled at 4:40pm


Moonlight Ridge Fire
  • Location: 3 miles south of Spearfish on Black Hills National Forest
  • Cause is under investigation
  • Size is less than a tenth of an acre
  • Federal resources responded
  • Contained as of 11:20am

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Section Fire


  • Location: Custer county between Buffalo Gap and Fairburn on private and state land.
  • Cause is lightning
  • Size 30 acres
  • Federal resources responded
  • Contained as of 5:00pm

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Wednesday July 11, 2018

Brush Fire
  • NE Crook Co, approx 22 miles NW of Hulett. approx 45 miles N of Moorcroft
  • Size 5 acres
  • Firefighting resources responding

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

July 4, 2018

Fourth Fire

  • Reported at 8:00 am 
  • West of Rapid City, near Hisega, on the Black Hills National Forest
  • Size 0.1 acre (snag) 
  • Firefighting resources responding
  • Contained at 10:30 am

Thursday, June 28, 2018

June 28, 2018

Three Peaks Fire (1:30 pm)

  • Located in Cook County, 2 miles east of 585, in the Black Trail area southeast of the Bearlodge Mt
  • Cause is power line
  • Size .13 acre
  • Federal resources responded
  • Controlled as of 2:00pm

Sunday, June 24, 2018

June 24, 2018

392 Fire
Size: 0.1 acre
Cause: human
Resources: Federal and local
Location: on Forest Service lands, Calumet Road and Highway 16,
3 miles northwest of Keystone
Contained

Crest Fire
Size: 0.1 acre
Cause: under investigation
Resources: local and state
Location: private property
Contained and Controlled

Monday, June 11, 2018

June 11, 2018

Top Fire

  • Located 6 miles S/SE of Chadron 
  • Size 0.50 acres
  • State and federal resources responding
  • Cause lightning 

(Update)Morning Fire

  • Located 5 miles SE of Chadron, NE
  • Size 0.25 acres
  • Local, State and federal resources responding
  • Cause lightning
  • Contained at 10:00am

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Fire Update 6-10-2018

Elk Creek (3:45 pm)

  • Located 2  miles west of Tilford, SD
  • Size 0.9 acres
  • State and federal resources responding
  • Cause lightning 
  • Contained 6/10/18 @ 8:00 pm
  • Controlled 6/10/18 @ 8:42 pm

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Fire Update 6-9-18

Vanocker (3:26 pm)

  • Located 4  miles west of Sturgis, SD
  • Size 0.1 acres
  • Federal resources responding
  • Human caused
  • Contained as of 6/9/18 @ 5:01 pm and Controlled as of 6/9/18 @ 5:11 pm

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Fire Update 6-6-2018

Tomahawk (9:04 am)

  • Located 0.75 miles south of Hisega, SD
  • Size 1.5 acres
  • Federal and State resources responding
  • Cause lightning
  • Controlled as of 6/7/18 @ 3:00 pm

Gold Standard (6:39 am)

  • Located 2.5 miles southeast of Pactola Reservoir, SD 
  • Size 0.2 acres
  • Federal resources responding
  • Cause lightning 
  • Controlled 6/6/18 @ 3:06 pm

Spiken Ridge (4:22 am)

  • Located near Heart Ranch (south of Rapid City, SD); east of Neck Yoke Rd. 
  • Size 0.8 acres
  • State and local resources responding
  • Cause lightning 
  • Controlled 6/6/18 @ 10:07 am

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Fire Update 6-5-2018

Black Miner (7:21 pm)

  • Located 1 mile north of Hill City, SD
  • Size 0.2 acres
  • Caused by lightning
  • Federal resources responding
  • Contained 6/5/18 @ 8:30 pm

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

May 23, 2018

Chimney Rock (10:52am)

  • Located east of Horse Thief Campground, 3 miles south of Hill City
  • .1 acre
  • Caused by lightning
  • Federal and local resources responding
  • Controlled 5/23/2018 @ 2:56pm

Thursday, May 17, 2018

May 17, 2018

Cemetery (2:57 pm)
  • Located in Greyhound Gulch, south of Keystone
  • .1 acres
  • Federal resources responded
  • Cause was lightning
  • Contained: 5:43 pm
  • Controlled: May 18 at 11:00 am
Cheyenne (3:22 pm)
  • Located in Fall River County, near Rocky Ford
  • .5 acres
  • Federal and State resources responded
  • Cause was lightning
  • Contained: 7:21 pm
  • Controlled: May 18 at 1:37 pm
Painted Pony (5:07 pm)
  • Located near Painted Pony Road
  • Federal resources responding
  • Cause was lightning
  • .1 acres
  • Contained: May 18 at 8:00 am
  • Controlled: May 18 at noon
Reausaw Lake (5:35 pm)
  • Located 10 miles west of Nemo
  • Cause is lightning
  • Resources responding 
  • .1 acres
  • Contained, controlled and out: 6:30 pm
Loop (7:11 pm)
  • Located in Custer State Park - Wildlife Loop and Four Mile draw
  • State resources responded
  • Cause was lightning
  • .1 acres
  • Contained and controlled: 8:53 pm
Cinnamon (7:50 pm)
  • Located near Nameless Cave Road
  • .1 acres
  • State resources responded
  • Cause was lightning
  • Contained: 8:39 pm
  • Controlled: May 18 at 11:45 am
Bachelor (8:50 pm)
  • Located west of Hwy 85 on Crook County/Weston County border
  • .1 acres
  • Cause was lightning
  • Contained: 9:55 pm
  • Controlled: May 18 at 10:50 am

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Lyman Fire

Lyman Fire (4:39 pm)

  • Located 8 miles SSW of Jewel Cave
  • Cause is undetermined
  • Size is 10 acres 37 acres 
  • On Federal land
  • Federal, State and local resources have responded
  • Contained as of May 10th 11:15am and controlled as of 4:30pm

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

May 8, 2018

Victoria (9:36 am)
  • Located near Sheridan Lake Road and Victoria Lake Road
  • .1 acre
  • Contained and controlled as of 10:15 am
  • Cause was lightning
Golden Bear (9 :57 am)
  • Located near Palmer Creek Road, 2 miles southeast of Hill City
  • .1 acre
  •  Contained and controlled as of 11:30 am
  • Cause was lightning

Friday, May 4, 2018

May 4, 2018

No Name City 12:15 pm

  • Located on the west side of I-90 near MM 34
  • Size is .3 acres
  • Human caused
  • Fire has been contained and resources are in the process of mop up

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Pile Burning in Custer State Park

Pile burning is happening in the Legion Lake Fire burned area in Custer State Park. Burning began on April 30th and will continue for up to two weeks. Smoke will be visible near French Creek Horse Camp, French Creek Natural Area, Swint Draw and Robbers Roost. 

Contact 605-255-4515 with any questions. 

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Fire Update 4-28-18

----Merritt Fire-----


  • Reported at 2:30 am
  • SW of BlackHawk
  • 0.22 acre on private land
  • Resources Responding: Local, City and State
  • Controlled
  • Human Caused

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

4-25-18 Fire Update



----Incident #1-----


  • Reported at 2:50 pm
  • M-Hill
  • Less than 1.0 acre
  • Resources Responding: Local, City and State
  • Contained/ mop up
  • Cause: Unknown

Fort Meade Recreation Area Prescribed Fire

Friday, April 27 Update
Fire Managers have started ignitions for the final day of this prescribed fire. The objectives of maintaining existing stands of older growth Ponderosa Pine, controlling insect and disease infestations, maintaining and enhance native plant species, and reducing hazardous fuels accumulation continue to be met.  Today the intention is to burn 106 acres.  Questions about the burn should be directed to the Bureau of Land Management, South Dakota Field Office at 605.892.2000.  

Photo by Adam Fritz, 4/27/18

Photo from Josh Hoffman, Black Hills National Forest, of the Ft. Meade Rx 4/27/18

Thursday, April 26 Update
The objectives were met yesterday on the Fort Meade Recreation Area Prescribed Fire and 91 acres were completed.  No moisture was received last night over the burn area so firefighters remain in "prescription" to burn according to their Burn Plan.  The acreage goal for today is 88 acres.  Questions about the burn should be directed to the Bureau of Land Management, South Dakota Field Office at 605.892.2000.  
Ignitions have begun, photo by Travis Lipp 4/26/18

Ignitions have begun, photo by Travis Lipp 4/26/18

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Fort Meade Prescribed Fire, Photo taken by Travis Lipp 4/25/18
Fort Meade Prescribed Fire, photo taken by Travis Lipp 4/25/18

For Immediate Release: April 25, 2018
Media Contact: Bureau of Land Management, South Dakota Field Office
605.892.2000

Fort Meade Recreation Area Prescribed Fire

STURGIS, S.D. –   The Bureau of Land Management South Dakota Field Office will be conducting a prescribed burn on the Fort Meade Recreation Area near Sturgis today through Friday, weather permitting. 

Firefighters are planning on burning approximately 250 acres.  Resource objectives are to maintain existing stands of older growth Ponderosa Pine, control insect and disease infestations, maintain and enhance native plant species, and reduce hazardous fuels accumulation.  This prescribed burn will protect the resource values of the Fort Meade Recreation Area and the adjacent residential property from wildland fire. 

Support agencies for this event include South Dakota Wildland Fire Division, Black Hills National Forest, Sturgis Volunteer Fire Department (VFD), Spearfish VFD, and Rapid City Fire Department. 

Smoke will be visible in the surrounding areas, and can linger for several days after ignition has been completed. Fire crews will secure, patrol, and monitor fire lines as appropriate for public and firefighter safety.  For more information on smoke management, please visit:  http://gpfireinfo.blogspot.com/p/smoke-management.html


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Angostura State Park Prescribed Fire, April 25 and 26, 2018

Thursday, April 26 Update
Ignitions have been completed on the Angostura and Sheps Canyon Recreation Areas Prescribed Fire. Firefighters will continue to secure, patrol and monitor the area as appropriate to ensure public and firefighter safety. Smoke may linger in the area for several days after ignition has been completed.
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Angostura State Park Prescribed Fire, photo taken by Adam Fritz

Angostura State Park Prescribed Fire, photo taken by Gail Schmidt

Angostura State Park Prescribed Fire, photo taken by Gail Schmidt

For Immediate Release: April 25, 2018
                                                                                    Media Contact: Jeni Lawver,                                                                                                                               605.381.7232

Prescribed Fire to be Ignited at Angostura State Park

Rapid City, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks are planning to ignite the Angostura State Park prescribed fire on Wednesday, April 25. Mop up and monitoring will continue the following days.

Firefighters are planning on burning approximately 137 acres. This project is located in the northeast corner of Angostura State Park.

Objectives of the burn are to improve native grass growth and to provide safe and quality training for the firefighting staff. Weather conditions will be monitored closely to ensure prescribed fire conditions align with management objectives for the burn.

Prescribed fire is used to maintain healthy native vegetation and is needed to prevent the encroachment of invasive species. Fire also reduces the hazardous buildup of debris and dead vegetation which can fuel wildfires.

Smoke may be visible in the surrounding areas, and can linger for several days after ignition has been completed. Fire crews will secure, patrol and monitor fire lines as appropriate for public and firefighter safety

Monday, April 23, 2018

4-23-18 Fire Update



----April 23, 2018 Cabin Fire-----


  • Reported at 1:50 pm
  • South of Hwy 16 across from Bear Country
  • Estimated Size: 0.1 acre
  • Resources Responding: Local, State, and Federal
  • Cause: Under Investigation
  • Status: Controlled

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

4-17-18- Fire Update

Limestone fire
  • Reported: 8:00 am 4-17-18
  • Location: NW of Custer off of Custer Limestone Rd
  • Resources Responding: State, Local, and Federal
  • Initial reports are abandoned campfire on private property
  • Contained and controlled

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Incident#1 - Pine Grove Fire




Incident #1*****Pine Grove Fire*****


Updated April 8, 2018 at 6:00pm
  • Reported: 4/8/18 at 11:20am
  • Location: Pine Grove Rd & Neck Yoke Rd
  • Estimated Size: 78 acres
  • Resources Responding: Local and State units released but Federal resources will remain overnight
  • Cause: Human
  • Dozer line around fire

Friday, April 6, 2018

4-6-18 Pile Burning

Black Hills National Forest 
  • Mystic fire is planning to burn hand piles today located off of Neck Yoke Road and FS Road 686. Smoke will be visible for a short duration from Neck Yoke Road, Hwy 16, Pine Grove and Hwy 40.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

4-3-18 Pile Burning

Black Hills National Forest
  • Mystic fire is planning to burn hand piles within a ½ mile of Silver City, SD, in and around the Sunnyside Gulch area, today & continuing through the week as conditions allow. They may also burn additional piles behind private land on the west side of Hwy 385 and south of FSR 672. Smoke could impact the community of Silver City, Silver City Road, Jenny Gulch and Hwy 385 for several days.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Mineral Fire (Jacobson Fire) - Update 6:20 pm

Mineral Fire (Jacobson Fire)

Renamed to Mineral Fire

100% Contained

Location: Near Lakota Lake
Report Time:  5:23 pm
Size: 1 acre
Cause: Human
Located on Private Land
State, Federal, and Local resources on scene.  

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Brockett Fire - Update 7:55 pm


Brockett Fire

100% Contained

Location: Silver Mountain, west of Rockerville
Report Time:  5:43 pm
Size:  0.7 acres

Friday, March 16, 2018

3-16-18 Pile Burning

Black Hills National Forest
  • Mystic Fire plans on burning machine piles north of Horse Creek road and west of Highway 385 starting today, Friday, March 16th as conditions permit. Smoke and flame may be visible for several days in the Horse Creek area.
  • Mystic Fire also plans on burning machine piles north of Highway 16 near the Keystone Y today. Smoke and flames will be visible along Highway 16 and smoke may impact the communities of Keystone, Hill City and Rockerville for several days after ignitions.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

3-15-Pile Burning

Black Hills National Forest
  • Mystic Fire is planning on burning machine & hand piles off the 150/Norseman Road today, 3/15/18, as conditions permit. Smoke and flames may be visible from the Colonial Pine Hills area for several days following ignitions. Mystic fire is also planning to burn hand piles ½ mile east of Hill City, SD and south of Old Hill City Road. Smoke may impact the communities of Hill city and/or Keystone. It may also impact Old Hill City Road, Highway 16, 16A, 385 and 244 for several days.

March 15th Fire Update - 9:30 am

Johnson Fire

100% Contained

Location: Off Hwy 16 near Beretta Road
Report Time:  1:36 pm
Size: 3.19 acres
Cause: Human - Fire Investigator has been requested
Located on National Forest Service Land
Local, State and Federal resources on scene.  Forward progress of the fire has been stopped.

White Rock Fire

100% Contained

Location:  Scottsbluff National Monument
Report Time:  5:00 pm  3/14/18
Size: 6 acres
Cause: Under investigation

At approximately 5 pm members of the Gering Fire Department, Scottsbluff County Sheriff’s Office and National Park Service responded to a wildfire in the Badlands area of Scotts Bluff National Monument.  The fire was approximately 30 acres in size and members of the Gering Fire Department quickly brought the fire under control.  The fire is determined to be human caused and is currently under investigation.  Scottsbluff National Monument strongly advises visitors to the park and park neighbors to be mindful of the dry conditions.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Johnson Fire- Update 4:20 pm 3/14/18


Johnson Fire

Location: Off Hwy 16 near Beretta Road
Report Time:  1:36 pm
Size: estimated 3.19 acres
Cause: Human - Fire Investigator has been requested
Located on National Forest Service Land
Local, State and Federal resources on scene.  Forward progress of the fire has been stopped.

Monday, March 12, 2018

March 12th Update - 4:45 pm


Elk Horn Rd Fire

100% Contained

Location: Northwest of Piedmont
Report Time:  12:17 pm   3/12/18
Size: 1.49 acres
Cause: Human
Located on Private Land
State and Local resources on scene.  Forward progress of the fire has been stopped.

Silver Mountain Fire

Declared OUT

Location: Private property near SD Highway 16, 3 miles west of Rockerville
Report Time:  12:10 pm   3/3/18
Size: 2.9 acres

100% Contained
Cause: Human


Strato Rim Fire

Declared OUT

Location: 1.5 miles northest of Rockerville
Report Time:  12:29 pm   3/11/18

Elk Horn Rd Fire


Elk Horn Rd Fire

Location: Northwest of Piedmont
Report Time:  12:17 pm
Size: 1.49 acres
Cause: Human
Located on Private Land
State and Local resources on scene.  Forward progress of the fire has been stopped.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Chimney Canyon Fire - Update 3/9/18

Chimney Canyon Fire  - Update 3/9/18  5:25 pm

100% Contained

Crews made good progress today mopping up.  The fire will remain in contained status and monitored the next few days.

Additionally, the Crooked Canyon Fire and Victoria Road #1 Fire have been called out.
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The Chimney Canyon fire is now 14.18 acres and continues to burn within the 2005 Ricco Fire burn scar.  Resources have secured the edges and will remain on scene throughout the night.   A temperature inversion is expected to move into the area tonight resulting in very smoky conditions across the I-90 Corridor from Sturgis to Blackhawk.   Snags will continue to burn and flames may be visible.  Again, resources are on scene and the fire is being monitored.


*Temperature Inversion - occurs when cold air close to the ground is trapped by a layer of warmer air.  This causes smoke to become trapped close to the ground instead of rising into the atmosphere and dispersing.


Update 3:25 pm
Resources are making good progress despite the amount of dead and down fuels from fires in the past.   The fire is burning in the 2005 Ricco Fire burn scar and is estimated at 5-7 acres.   Having started on private land, it has now progressed onto U.S. Forest Service.  The cause is currently under investigation.  

Location: Northwest of Piedmont
Report Time:  12:43 pm
Size: 14.18 acres
Cause: under investigation (no controlled burns were being conducted in the area today)
Federal, State, and Local resources on scene

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Cosmos Fire

Cosmos Fire - 3/6/2017
Location: US Forest Service lands near Cosmos Mystery Area, approx. 5 miles SW of Rapid City, SD
Size: .3 acres
Cause: under investigation
Contained @ 10:09 a.m.
Federal, State, and Local resources responded.

Monday, March 5, 2018

March 5, 2018

Crooked Canyon Fire
Location: Private land east of Summerset, SD
Size: 2.2 acres
Cause: human
Contained @ 3:49 p.m.
Federal, State, and Local resources responded.
 

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Custer Gap Fire

.8 acres
100% contained
Nemo and Norris Peak Road

March 3, 2018 Fire Update

Silver Mountain Fire
Location: Private property near SD Highway 16, 3 miles west of Rockerville
Size: 2.9 acres
100% Contained
Cause: Human
State and Local resources on scene.

We will post more information as it becomes available. Please check back later this afternoon for more details.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The Helpline Center and Great Plains Fire Information Provide Area Fire Alert Messaging

Subscribe by texting 'GPFire' to 85511

Rapid City, SD – Great Plains Fire Information, comprised of the Black Hills National Forest, Nebraska National Forest and Grasslands and South Dakota Wildland Fire Division, continue to partner with the Helpline Center to notify the public of significant fire activity within the Great Plains geographical area (Black Hills and surrounding areas) using text messaging.

Notification text will be sent to those who subscribe on significant fire activity, including wildland and prescribed fires within the Great Plains Dispatch Zone.

To subscribe, text ‘GPFire’ to 85511. Text ‘STOP’ to cancel at any time.

“Almost everyone has a phone that can receive a text and this gives us another avenue we can reach people with critical fire alerts and messaging,” said Scott Jacobson, Black Hills National Forest Public Affairs Officer.

For more information on Great Plains Fire Information, visit http://gpfireinfo.blogspot.com/.

2-27-18 Pile Burning

US Forest Service
  • Mystic fire on the Black Hills National Forest will be burning hand piles located northeast of the junction of Victoria Lake Road and FSR 150 around Commissary Point. Areas impacted by smoke may include: Whispering Pines, West Rapid City, Victoria Lake Road, Sheridan Lake Road, Hwy 16, Hwy 385 and Hwy 44. 

Friday, February 23, 2018

2-23-18 Pile Burning

US Forest Service
  • Mystic fire will be igniting machine piles in the North Canyon/McGee area. Smoke will be visible for a few days from Rapid City, SD, Sheridan Lake Road, Hwy 44 around Dark Canyon and Johnson Siding.
  • Mystic fire will be burning hand piles tomorrow, 2/24/18, located off Hwy 244. Smoke will be visible from Hwy 244, Hwy 16, Hwy 87 and Hill City. Mystic fire will also be burning hand piles ½ mile east of Hill City and south of Old Hill City Road. Smoke may impact the communities of Hill city and/or Keystone. It may also impact Old Hill City Road, Highway 16, 16A, 385 and 244. 
(Pile burning by Blackhawk - photo by Marci Tubbs, South Dakota Department of Agriculture)

Thursday, February 22, 2018

2-22-18 Pile Burning

Black Hills National Forest fire crews continue to take advantage of the snow cover by burning piles throughout the forest.   Significant burning activity will be occurring around Johnson Siding and the Blackhawk, Summerset and Piedmont areas.


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

2-21-18 Pile Burning

US Forest Service
  • Mystic fire will be igniting machine piles located northwest of Johnson Siding. Smoke will be visible for a few days and can be seen from Johnson Siding, Bogus Jim, Norris Peak Rd, Merritt, Hwy 44 and Nemo Rd.
  • Hell Canyon will be burning about 5 small hand piles 5 miles south/east of Custer. They will burn approximately 10 piles off of Glen Erin Road, 4 miles south/east of Custer and also in the area south of Mayo Road, approximately 5 miles southwest of Custer, SD.
  • Hell Canyon will also be burning small hand piles about 1 mile southwest of Mount Rushmore and approximately 10 hand piles in the Sunday Gulch Summer homes area, about 1 mile north/west of Sylvan Lake.
  • Bearlodge fire will be burning north and east of Sheepnose Mountain, with additional piles near Fawn Creek, east of Cook lake.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Pile Burning Feb 20, 2018

US Forest Service
  • Mystic Ranger District fire crews will be burning machine piles 1 mile west of the town of Blackhawk, SD if conditions allow. Smoke and flames may be visible from the following areas. Blackhawk, Interstate 90, Peaceful Pines area, Woodland Drive area, High Meadows area Canyon Place, and Nemo road. Smoke will be in the area for the following days after ignition.
  • Mystic fire is also planning to burn hand piles located northeast of the junction of Victoria lake road and FSR 163, around Commissary Point. Areas affected may include Whispering Pines, West Rapid City, Victoria Lake Road, Sheridan Lake Road, Hwy 16, Hwy 385. Smoke may affect the areas for several days. 
  • Three machine piles will be burned by Mystic fire at Sheridan Lake Road and the Taylor Ranch Road intersection. Smoke will be visible from the Sheridan Lake Road, Hwy 385, Three Forks and the Hill City area.
  • Hell Canyon Ranger District fire crews will be burning large machine piles off of Glen Erin Road 4 miles South East of Custer. Other piles will be burned in the area South of Mayo Road approximately 5 miles South West of Custer.
  • Northern Hills fire is burning south and southwest of Nemo, SD. Some of the piles are located along Nemo Road (west side).



Friday, February 16, 2018

2-16-18 Pile Burning

Black Hills National Forest Hell Canyon fire will be lighting machine piles approximately 3-4 miles west of Custer, SD today and will also be burning 5 hand piles in the Camp Remington area.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

2-14-18 Pile Burning

Black Hills National Forest:
  • Bearlodge fire is burning hand piles produced from a rain-catch/water development enclosure maintenance project, approximately 2 miles North of Sundance, WY. 
  • Northern Hills is burning on both sides Hwy 85 by Preacher Smith Monument, burning hand piles located by Mount Roosevelt Tower and burning by Crow Peak Bench (smoke will be visible from Spearfish, SD and I-90).

Monday, February 12, 2018

2-12-18 Pile Burning

Black Hills National Forest pile burning info:
  • Hell Canyon fire burning piles approximately 5 miles west of Custer, SD in the Upper French Creek area and large machine piles 4 miles south and west of Custer. They will continue burning through the week, weather depending. 
  • Mystic fire will continue to burn hand piles in Sunny Side Gulch by Silver City and piles on the west side of Hwy 385 and south of FSR 672. Smoke may impact the communities of Silver City and may also impact Silver City Road, Jenny Gulch and Highway 385. Crews will continue to burn as conditions allow.

Friday, February 9, 2018

2-9-18 Pile Burning

  • Black Hills National Forest Hell Canyon fire is burning piles on the east side of Buckhorn Mountain and south of Custer, SD in the Carrol Creek area today and tomorrow. 
  • Mystic fire is burning machine piles around the Tigerville area, 5 miles west of Hill City, SD. Smoke and flames may be visible from Deerfield Road, Mystic Road, Tigerville, Newton Fork Road and Hill City.
  • South Dakota Wildland Fire and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks is burning slash piles near Nemo in Lawrence County and in Custer State Park.
Updated pile burning locations can also be found on the Great Plains Dispatch website:  https://gacc.nifc.gov/rmcc/dispatch_centers/r2gpc/gpcrxrpt.pdf  

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

2-7-18 Pile Burning

  • Black Hills National Forest Hell Canyon will be burning in two areas today. They will continue burning 4 miles south of Custer and will also be burning in the Vestal area located 3 miles north of Custer, SD. 
  • Northern Hills fire is burning east and west of Rochford, SD today (Dump Draw and Bloody Gulch).

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

2-6-18 Pile Burning

  • Black Hills National Forest Hell Canyon fire will be burning around 150 piles, 4 miles south of Custer, SD today, 2/6/18.

Monday, February 5, 2018

2-5-2018 Pile Burning

South Dakota Wildland Fire will be burning slash piles today in the following locations:
  • The Black Hat Handcrew is burning at Homestead Drive in Custer (city property, underneath the water tower) today- approximately 650 piles.
  • The Bear Mountain Handcrew is burning at Boulder Canyon in Sturgis today- approximately 300 piles.
Crews will continue to monitor piles throughout the week.  

The Black Hills National Forest continues to burn piles across the Forest.

Mystic Ranger District (central Black Hills):

• Burning machine piles 3 miles west of Red Rock Subdivision if conditions allow. Smoke and flames may be visible from the following areas: Sheridan lake road west of countryside subdivision, Red Rocks, Dark Canyon Road off Hwy 44, Nordsmen Road, Victoria Lake Road and Hisega. Smoke will be in the area for several days after Ignition.

• Burning machine piles around the Tigerville area 5 miles west of Hill city. Smoke and flames may be visible from Deerfield road, Mystic road, Tigerville, Newton Fork Road and Hill City.

Northern Hills Ranger District:

• Burning machine piles on both sides of Nemo Road and Lucky Strike (southward).

Hell Canyon Ranger District:

• Burning 2 large piles east of Custer, SD on American Center Road.

Bearlodge Ranger District:

• Burning piles at Cook Lake Campground, 13 miles North of Sundance, WY. Piles are part of a fuels project in campground Loop B, just North/Northwest of the main lake/dam.