Saturday, December 19, 2015

Ghost Canyon

December 19, 2015 at 4:15 pm

  • Located on private land approximately 6 miles west of Hermosa.
  • Estimated size is 5 acres.
  • Hermosa and Hayward VFD on scene and Forest Service is enroute.
  • Human Caused (escaped burn piles).

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Rock Chimney

Update December 9, 2015 at 3:15 pm

  • Fire is 100% contained.

December 9, 2015 2:51 pm

  • Located on private land approximately 1 mile south of Custer.
  • Estimated size is 0.40 acres.
  • State and Local resources are on scene.
  • Human Caused (escaped burn piles).


December 9, 2015
  • Located on private land approximately 4 miles west of Blackhawk off of Nemo Road.
  • Estimated size is 0.25 acres.
  • State and Local resources are on scene.
  • Human Caused (escaped burn piles).
  • Fire is 100% contained.

Sunday, December 6, 2015


Update December 7, 2015 at 8:45 am

  • Contained on December 6, 2016 at 4:27 pm.
  • Size 1 acre
  • Firefighters will continue to mop-up today and work towards control.

December 6, 2015 at 2:30 pm
  • Located on private land approximately 1.5 miles NE of Lakota Lake or 3 miles SE of Keystone.
  • Reported at 11:54 am.
  • Current estimated size is 1 acre.
  • Local and State resources have responded, and a hand crew has been ordered.
  • Human caused (escaped burn piles).

Friday, December 4, 2015

December 4, 2015

Pile burning west of Custer, SD near Lightning Creek Road.

Forest Service is on scene.

Fire activity is within the parameters identified for burning the piles.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Argyle Road Fire

Updated at 3:45
Estimated at 90% contained. Full containment expected in the next few hours. 

Updated at noon
Estimated containment at 20%

Updated on November 18 at 11:23 am
  • Located approximately 1 mile south of Argyle, SD
  • Estimated size is 5 acres
  • Burning in grass and timber
  • Local (VFD), State, and Federal resources are responding to include engines, hand crews, and a skid loader
  • Structures are threatened
  • Cause is under investigation

Monday, November 16, 2015

Black Forest Fire

Posted at 9:00 am on November 16th
  • Located 3 miles south of Pactola Lake
  • Estimated size is .3 acres
  • Local, state, and federal resources responded
  • A fire investigator will be on scene today

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Quaal Road Fire

Updated at 5:50 pm
Size is 5.75 acres

Updated at 2:45 pm on October 21
  • Size is now estimated at 5 acres
  • Fire is burning in grass and timber
Quaal Fire - Photo taken by Callia Scott

Posted at 2:09 pm on October 21
  • Located north of I-90 at mile marker 50 in Pennington County
  • Estimated size is 3 acres
  • Local, state, and federal resources are responding
  • Cause is unknown
Quaal Fire - Photo taken by Kyle Huling

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Nail Fire

-located southeast of Ft. Pierre near the Ft. Pierre National Grasslands on private land
-Estimated size is 29 acres
-local volunteer fire departments and a federal engine responded
-Cause is unknown

Baker Park Fire

Update as of October 19 at 10:20 am
-Baker Fire has been contained at 3.6 acres

-Located off of Highway 16 and Beretta Road
-Estimated size is 3 acres
-Rockerville, Whispering Pines, and Keystone Volunteer Fire Departments have responded along with state and federal engines
-Law Enforcement is on scene, cause is under investigation

Friday, October 2, 2015

Fire Update - October 2, 2015

A thunderstorm has moved through the area the past few hours and lit up some wildfires with lightning strikes.  Resources have responded to all listed incidents.  

Keyhole Dam Fire
  • Located in Crook County, Wyoming
  • Estimated size .1 acres
Long Branch Fire
  • Located near Sugar Loaf Butte in the Oglala National Grasslands in Nebraska
  • Estimated size is 6.55 acres
Muddy Fire
  • Located in the Mud Springs Road area in Custer County
  • Estimated size is .1 acre
Tlustos Fire
  • Located in the West Black Banks area in Fall River County
  • Estimated size is 80 acres
McKenna Fire
  • Located off of Hell Canyon Road in Custer County
  • Estimated size is .1 acre
Incident #6
  • Located approximately 1 mile north of Pilger Mountain in Fall River County
  • Size up is currently in progress

Updated information can also be found by checking Great Plains Dispatch WildWeb page at:  

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Stagebarn Fire

-Located an estimated 5 miles west of Black Hawk on the Black Hills National Forest
-Estimated size is 2 acres
-Resources are on scene include volunteer fire departments, state and federal engines, and the state Bear Mountain Hand Crew
-Cause is unknown, a Fire Investigator is on scene
-Plans include overnight staffing

Monday, September 28, 2015

Hood Fire

  • Located near Sylvan Lake in Custer State Park
  • .1 acre
  • Caused by lightning
  • Resources responded

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Woodville Wildfire

Location: Lawrence County Quarry .. exemption area - BLM.
Reported at: 12:32 pm
Size: .1 acre
Cause: under investigation
Resources Responded.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Lone Tree Fire

Location: 5 miles north of Whitney, NE
Size: 1788 acres
Resources: Nebraska NF, SD wildland fire, Nebraska VFD's
Contained at 1430 hrs
Cause: round baler on private in hay field.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Baldy Fire

Baldy Fire

Location: in Lawrence County, west of iron Creek Lake and Old Baldy Road
Reported at:  12:20 pm
Size: .10 acre
Cause: Unkown
Resources Responded.  Fire is contained

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Wildfires September 10, 2015

Harney Fire

Location:  Black Elk Wilderness Area near Norbeck Trail #2 and Harney 9s
Time Reported:  9:59 am
Size:  .10 acre
Cause:  Abondoned campfire

Klondike Fire

Location:  Near Klondike Road and Highway 16 in Pennington County
Time Reported:  11:30 am
Size:  .10 acre
Cause:  Pile burning

Sunday, August 30, 2015

August 30, 2015


  • 1:47 Pm
  • Sundance, Wy
  • 0.1 acre
  • Resources have responded

  • Pactola

  • 12:49 Pm
  • Pennington Co 
  • Victoria Lake rd. and Hwy 385 
  • 0.7 acre
  • Controlled 2:51 Pm
  • Friday, August 28, 2015

    Several small lightening caused wildfires in Crook County, WY on Aug 26th

    August 26, 2015

  • 9:45 Pm
  • 0.1 acre
  • Crews responded

  • Left Creek
  • 8:15 Pm
  • 0.1 acre
  • Crews responded

  • Williams
  • 7:45 Pm
  • 4.5 acres
  • Crews responded

  • Tom Cat Creek
  • 5:15 Pm
  • 19.1 acres
  • Crews responded

  • Adams Road
  • 5:00 Pm
  • 12.5 acres
  • Crews responded

  • Kara Circle
  • 4:30Pm
  • 0.1 acre
  • Crews Responded
  • Fred

    August 27, 2015 1:55 PM

    • Nine miles WSW of Sundance
    • Crook County, WY
    • 1.4 acres
    • Crews Responded

    Thursday, August 27, 2015

    Squaw Creek

    Aug 26, 2015, 10:00 pm
    Squaw Creek Rd. Custer County
    .1 Acre
    Private Land
    Crews responded

    Saturday, August 22, 2015

    August 22, 2015

    • Jenny Gulch
    • Pennington County, Jenny Gulch area
    • .10 acre
    • Federal, State and VFD's responded
    • Downed power line
    • Controlled 

    Sunday, August 16, 2015

    August 15 and 16, 2015

    Several small lightening caused wildfires from Aug 15th 7 PM.

    2 Acres
    Crews responded

    1 Acre

    Argyle Area, SD

    August 16th 8:13 AM
    JACKSON CO, Hwy 44, MM 126, SD
    .1 Acre
    Crews responded

    1:16 pm
    .25 Acres

    Saturday, August 15, 2015

    August 14, 2015

    McCance CA
    50 Acres
    Dakota Junction and Hwy. 385, Nebraska
    Crews responded fire is out

    Friday, August 14, 2015

    Aug 13, 2015

    1.1 Acres
    Crews responded

    Wednesday, August 12, 2015

    August 12, 2015

    8:31 am
    2 miles north of Nemo on Vanocker Canyon Road, SD
    1.37 acres
    Crews Responded and the fire is containd.

    .1 acre (campfire)
    Hideaway Lane south of Steel Wheel, SD
    Crews Responded and the fire is out.

    Jim Creek Area
    False Alarm

    August 11, 2015 

    7 pm
    SW of Sunny Divide, WY
    2 Acres
    Crews Responded

    Tuesday, August 11, 2015

    Aug 11, 2015

    2 acres
    9 miles north of Aladan WY
    Crews responded

    1.95 acres
    2 miles north of Pierre, SD
    Crews responded

    Aug 10, 2015
    2 Acres
    West of Hulette, WY
    Crews responded

    Monday, August 10, 2015

    Medicine Lake

    Aug 9, 2015, 6:30 pm
    Medicine Lake Ranch
    .1 Acre
    Private Land
    Crews responded
    Contained 8/10/15

    Sunday, August 9, 2015

    G Valley Fire

    • .01 acre, private land
    • North of I-90, Government Valley, east of Sundance, WY
    • Cause: lightning
    • Controlled: 9:45 p.m. 08/08/15

    Saturday, August 8, 2015

    Dump Fire

    • .10 acre
    • North of Iron Creek Lake
    • Caused by tree falling on powerline
    • Local, State and Federal resources responded
    • Controlled at 7:50 p.m.

    Bear Ridge Fire

    Update: Controlled at 2 a.m. 08/09/15
    • .25 acres, large hay stack fire
    • Private land 4 miles south of I-90 Exit 2
    • Local VFD and Federal resources responded
    • Cause: lightning

    Cemetery RD Fire

    Update:  Controlled at 3:30 p.m. 08/08/15
    • Initial dispatch: 12:30 p.m. Mountain Time, 08/08/15
    • 17 miles south of Ft. Pierre, SD, west of Sheriff Dam
    • 3 acres
    • Private land
    • Local VFD and Federal resources responded
    • Cause: Farming equipment

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

    More Fires from Recent Lightning

    Update 10 a.m., Saturday, 08/08/15: 
    All of the 8 wildland fires starting in BHNF region on Thursday 08/06/15 have been declared in controlled status. The final 2 to do so include:

    Brown Canyon Fire

    • .5 acre
    • Public land, Weston Co., WY, 4 miles east of Highway 85
    • Controlled: 6:45 p.m. 08/07/15

    Lind Gulch Fire 
    • 1.3 acres
    • South of Mystic, SD on public land
    • Controlled 6:51 p.m. 08/07/15


    Update 3:00 p.m. Friday, 08/07/15: All but two of yesterday's fires are now under controlled status. Those that remain in contained status as of this update include: Lind Gulch Fire and Clifton Fire.

    Putnam Dam Fire
    • 36 Acres
    • Private land
    • Controlled:12:30 p.m. 08/07/15

    Valley Creek Fire
    • 1 acre
    • Public land
    • Controlled: 12:17 p.m. 08/07/15

    Hat Fire
    • .51 acres
    • South of Jewel Cave, Public land
    • Controlled 2:38 p.m. 08/07/15

    Brush Buck Fire
    • 2 acres
    • West of Alladin, WY along Hay Creek Rd.
    • Private land
    • Controlled 8:30 p.m. 08/06/15

    Lind Gulch Fire 
    • 1.3 acres
    • South of Mystic, SD on Public land
    • Contained 10:50 p.m. 08/06/15, anticipating Control by end of day 08/07/15

    Update 10:00 a.m. Friday, 08/07/15:
    There were a total of 8 new fires that started throughout the Black Hills region on Thursday: 5 in South Dakota, 3 in Wyoming. All were lightning caused holdovers from the previous evening, with local volunteer, State and Federal resources responding. Special thanks to all of the out-of-area resources brought in by the Black Hills National Forest and Bureau of Land Management from Wyoming and Colorado, lending valuable support in the initial attack of these incidents. Information on these fires will continue to be updated as details become available.

    Crews containing the Lind Gulch Fire, 08/06/15
    Photo: Jim Burk
    Putnam Dam Fire
    • 36 Acres
    • Private land
    • Contained 9:30 a.m. 08/07/15

    Clifton Fire
    • 4.5 acres
    • Southwest of Elk Mtn.
    • Public land

    Valley Creek Fire
    • 1 acre
    • Public land
    • Contained: 8:12 p.m. 08/06/15

    Griffis Well
    • .01 acre
    • Public land 8 miles west of Pringle, SD
    • Controlled: 8:37 p.m. 08/06/15

    Lind Gulch Fire 
    • 1.3 acres
    • South of Mystic, SD on Public land
    • Contained 10:50 p.m. 08/06/15
    Lind Gulch Fire from spotting scope at
    Custer Peak Fire Lookout
    Photo: Jon D. Anderson

    Recent lightning activity caused several more fires throughout the Black Hills today (08/06/15) with local volunteer, State and Federal resources responding. The largest was the Putnam Dam Fire located north of Edgemont, SD. Names, sizes, status and established jurisdiction of these fires will continue to be updated as details become available.

    Hat Fire
    • .51 acres
    • South of Jewel Cave 
    • Public land

    Putnam Dam Fire
    • 15 acres
    • Approx. 14 miles north of Edgemont 

    Brush Buck Fire
    • 2 acres
    • West of Alladin, WY along Hay Creek Rd.
    • Private land

    Incident #7
    • North of Slate Dam

    Incident #8
    • Southeast of Four Corners, Weston Co., WY, East of Highway 85

    Clifton Fire
    • 4 miles southwest of Elk Mountain in Weston Co., WY

    Valley Creek Fire
    • 1 acre
    • 6 miles southwest of Custer, SD

    Lagoon Fire

    • .10 acre inside Custer State Park
    • Lightning caused
    • State resources responded
    • Controlled 1:08 p.m.

    Wednesday, August 5, 2015

    Southern Hills Fires

    Fire Updates - August 6, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Correction:  Jurisdiction has now been established on the Southern Hills Fires and notated in the posts below.

    Incident #8  has been found on private land, just east of Custer State Park, that fire will be sized up this morning.  Updated information will be posted as received.

    Fire Updates - August 5, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    Lightning caused a rash of several small fires in the southern Black Hills of South Dakota on Wednesday evening (8/5/15). All were located on State owned lands, with local volunteer, State and Federal resources immediately responding.

    North Flat Top Fire
    • 1.14 acres northwest of Edgemont
    • Controlled at 8:01 p.m.
    • Private Land 

    Dry Creek Fire
    • .10 acre northeast of Edgemont
    • Controlled at 8:00 p.m.
    • Private Land 
    Triangle Fire
    • Single tree snag
    • Controlled at 8:30 p.m.
    • Custer State Park 

    West Fire
    • .10 acre west of Edgemont
    • Controlled at 8:01 p.m.
    • Private Land 

    Sleeper Fire
    • 2.79 acres northwest of Edgemont in the Dewey area
    • Controlled at 9:31 p.m.
    • Private Land 

    Triangle Flats Fire
    • .10 acre near Custer Highlands
    • Controlled at 10:00 p.m.
    • Federal land

    Delzer-CA Fire

    • 2.6 acre grass fire on private land 
    • Approx. 3 miles north of Spearfish
    • Local Volunteer and Federal resources responded
    • Cause: Power line failure
    • Controlled at 5:50 p.m. on 8/5/15

    Monday, August 3, 2015

    BHNF Flags at Half-Staff

    In memory of Dave Ruhl, the Black Hills National Forest firefighter who died last week fighting the Frog Fire in Northern California, U.S. and Forest Service flags on the Forest have been authorized to fly at half-staff until sunset on Aug. 6.

    This shot was taken today from Custer Peak Fire Lookout south of Lead/Deadwood.

    Sunday, August 2, 2015

    Iron Fire

    • Along Old Iron Creek Road on USFS property near Spearfish Canyon
    • Abandoned campfire
    • .10 acre
    • Local and Federal resources responded
    • Controlled and out at 3:02 p.m. on 8/1/15

    Tuesday, July 28, 2015

    Big Bowl Fire

  • 1 mile NE of Edgemont
  • Size: .14 acre
  • Ownership: Private
  • Resources Responding: State and Edgemont VFD
  • Cause: Downed Power Line
  • Contained 4:07 pm, Controlled 4:30 pm  
  • Report Released on Wind Cave’s Cold Brook Fire

    After an interagency review involving fire management specialists from across the country, the National Park Service released the report today on the Cold Brook Fire. The Cold Brook Fire started from a spot fire that escaped a planned prescribed fire at Wind Cave National Park on April 13, 2015.  You can view the report at:


    Red Butte Fire

    • Near Gillette Canyon area on Monday evening, 7/27/15
    • .10 acre, Black Hills National Forest
    • Cause: Lightning
    • State and Federal resources responded
    • Contained at 20:27, controlled at 21:01

    Sunday, July 26, 2015

    Highline Fire

    * Highline Fire -6:40 PM
    * 1 mile S. of Pringle, SD - 0.6 acres
    * Cause - down power line
    * Federal & local resources responded

    Kelly Fire

    *  Kelly Fire reported by Lawrence County Sheriff 7/26/2015 at 2:15 AM
    *  On a 2-track road off Kelly Spur, Vanocker Canyon Road
    *  <0.1 acres US Forest Service land
    *  100% Controlled at 5:30 AM
    *  Human caused

    Thursday, July 23, 2015

    Bench Fire 7/23

    Bench Fire Update - 7/24/15 AM
    *  Fire fully contained 7/23 at 5:50 PM
    *  2.6 acres on private property
    *  Resources cleared 7/23 at 6:45 pm

    *  Bench Fire reported at 12:19 p.m. on 7/23/15
    *  Located in Fall River county:  1 Mile south of Parker Peak; 3 miles south of Minnekahata.
    *  2.0 acres, Grass - active ground fire
    *  Ownership unknown at this time
    *  State and federal resources,  one helicopter and two overhead aircraft from Hell's Canyon
    *  Cause - Lightning
    *  No values at risk
    *  1:45 pm report good progress on fire and establishing line around it

    Saturday, July 18, 2015

    Gravel Fire

    • 1/2 acre near Creston Sand Pit
    • Approximately 48 miles east of Hermosa on Buffalo Gap National Grassland
    • Local and Federal resources responded
    • Reported on 7/17/15 at 5:15 p.m., controlled at 7:30 p.m.

    Thursday, July 16, 2015

    Tubbs Dam Fire

    • 11.5 acres in Nebraska Grasslands
    • 100% contained at 14:30
    • Cause: downed power line
    • Local Volunteer, State and Federal resources responded

    Friday, July 10, 2015

    Custer Mountain Fire

  • Reported at11:59 am
  • Location:  Behind Triple T Trailer Court, 3 miles east of Custer, SD
  • 0.10 acre
  • Resources Responded
  • Cause under investigation
  • Fire contained at 12:45 pm and controlled at 1:15 pm 
  • Thursday, July 2, 2015

    HAY STACK CA 7-2-15

    • Hay stack fire near Dewey
    • State and VFD resources responded
    • .10 acre
    • Cause unknown

    Wednesday, July 1, 2015


    • Grass fire on the west side of I-90, mile marker 50
    • Size .10 acre
    • State and VFD resources on scene
    • Cause unknown

    Friday, June 26, 2015

    UPDATE: Wildcat Fire

    6/26/2015  9:20pm

    Fire size has been reduced to 5 acres.

    This beautiful image was just received from a Bear Mountain Handcrew member:
    Photo Credit- Seth McReynolds

    Wildcat Fire

    Reported at 3:17pm, Friday June 26th

    Location: 3 miles south of Elk Mountain Lookout

    Resources Responding:  3 federal engines, 2 South Dakota state handcrews, 1 Wyoming state handcrew, and 1 Wyoming state helicopter

    Size is approx. 10 acres and burning on Forest Service lands and cause is unknown.  There are no structures threatened at this time.

    Monday, June 22, 2015

    Graham Cracker

    • June 22, 2015 
    • Hannah Camp Ground area
    • USFS resources responded
    • Abandoned camp fire
    • .10 acres
    • Out

    Wednesday, June 10, 2015

    Fire June 10, 2015

    *  Mica Fire, Northwest of Custer, SD, south of Woodford Road
    *  Power line is smoking - a tree fell on it
    *  Resources BH 632 and a chaser
    *  Fire contained at 9:05 AM and controlled at 9:20 AM

    Sunday, June 7, 2015

    Dry Lake Fire

    •  June 3, 2015
    • Tree snag 2 miles southwest of Elmore on Black Hills National Forest 
    • Contained at 2:15 p.m.
    • USFS resources responded
    • Cause: lightning

    Wednesday, June 3, 2015

    Rochford Ridge Fire

    • Reported at 7:59 a.m.,  June 3, 2015
    • Located East of Rochford Road, south of Englewood
    • Contained at .1 acre
    • Federal and State resources responded
    • Cause: lightning

    Friday, May 22, 2015

    Fire May 22, 2015

    North Marina Fire

    • Reported at 6:49 pm, May 22, 2015
    • Located at Pactola Lake, North Boat Launch upper parking lot. Fire burning in grass.
    • Contained at .1 acre
    • Resources responding; Black Hills National Forest engines, VFD
    • Cause; unkown at this time. Fire investigator ordered.

    Saturday, April 25, 2015

    Fire April 25, 2015

    #1 Berretta Fire

    • Reported at 1:08 pm.  
    • Location Hwy 16 and Berretta Road, approximately 1 mile in from Hwy 16
    • Size 5 acres
    • Resources responding: Multiple VFD's, Black Hills National Forest Engines and SDWLF
    • Cause:  Unkown

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    Fire April 22, 2015

    Redwater CA Fire

    • Reported 1:08 pm 
    • Location upper Red Water Road, north of Spearfish, SD
    • Size:  1.8 acres
    • Resources reponding, SDWF Engine and Black Hills NF Engine
    • Cause:  Unkown at this time.

    Thursday, April 16, 2015

    Fires April 16th, 2015

    Update at 3:00 pm 4/16/15

    Denke Fire

    • Reported 11:22 am, April 16, 2015
    • Located 25 miles north of Wall, SD.  North of Creighton Road
    • Size:  200 Acres
    • Resources Responding
    • Cause unkown at this time.

    Interstate Fire
    • Reported 2:38 pm, April 15, 2015
    • Located near Draper, SD along North side of Interstate 90
    • Size:  Contained at 30 acres.

    Tuesday, April 14, 2015

    Fires April 14th, 2015

    April 15, 2015 update on 3 fires 18 miles west of Fort Pierre on Hwy 34

    1.  220 Street Fire contained at 200 acres.  Cause Semi Truck Brakes
    2.  Cottonwood Fire contained at 120 acres.  Cause Semi Truck Brakes
    3.  MM 194 Fire contained at 20 acres.  Cause Semi Truck Brakes.

    April 14, 2015

    • 3 separate fires reported 18 miles West of Fort Pierre along Highway 34
    • Reported approximately 3:00 pm
    • Size:  200 acres, 120 acres, 20 acres
    • Resources responding
    • Cause unknown at this time.

    Monday, April 13, 2015

    Cold Brook Fire

    The Rocky Mountain Type 2 Incident Management Team (Team Black) has been cancelled and will not be assuming command of the Cold Brook Fire.  Please continue to visit the sites listed on the Large Incidents page for information on this incident.

    April 14 at 8 pm:  Information for Cold Brook Fire has been posted to Large Incidents Page.

    April 14 at 11 am: Cold Brook Unit Fire Update

    A Rocky Mountain Type 2 Incident Management Team (Team Black) has been ordered for the Cold Brook Fire.  Once the Team has assumed command of the fire, information links for this incident will be posted to the Large Incidents page of this blog.

    Cold Brook Prescribed Fire Escapes

    FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT Tom Farrell, Wind Cave National Park, 605-745-1130.

    Wind Cave National Park ignited the 1,000 acre Unit 2 Cold Brook Prescribed Fire this morning, April 13, 2015.

    At approximately 1:00 pm, a fire whirl carried embers across the road into tall grass, the wind came up and the fire took off.  No estimate on size or containment at this time.

    Tatanka Hotshots are on scene. Additional Federal and State resources have been ordered to include VFD's.

    Map showing three units of the Cold Brook Burn

    Friday, April 10, 2015

    Fires April 10, 2015

    C Cross Fire
    • Reported at 12:53 pm
    • Location:  Pine Creek Area - Crook County, WY
    • .75 acres
    • Resources Responded
    • Cause under investigation

    Thursday, April 9, 2015

    Fires April 9th, 2015

    Spirit Canyon Fire

    • Reported at 2:34 pm
    • Located in Fall River County.  Pilger Mt. Road and Spirit Canyon Road
    • .8 acre
    • Resources Responded
    • Cause under investigation

    Forest Road Fire Pit
    • Reported at 10:03 am
    • Located in Fall River County.  Cascade Road to Forest Road
    • .1 acre
    • Resources  Reponded
    • Cause under investigation

    Friday, April 3, 2015

    Line Creek Fire

    4:30 pm update - The fire reported near Dewey is called the Line Creek Fire. .5 acre in size, located 1.5 mile N of Dewey in Weston County, WY. Black Hills National Forest resources responding. SD Wildland Fire resources returned.

    2:40 pm - Fire near Dewey in Fall River County. USFS and SD Wildland Fire engines are responding at this time. No other information available at this time. Further information on this fire to follow.

    Wednesday, April 1, 2015

    Moonshine Fire

    Online information on the Moonshine Fire can now be found on InciWeb at:  

    Fire Information Lines: 
    406.548.1174 and 406.366.9274

    Tuesday, March 31, 2015

    March 31, 2015 Fire Report

    Ft. George Fire
    • Located southeast of Fort Pierre, on Lower Brule Agency
    • Size is estimated at .2 acre
    • Resources responded
    Incident #2 - Named Fisherman Flats
    • Located 1 mile southwest of the Custer State Park Airport
    • Size is estimated at .1 acre
    • This fire has been knocked down and contained
    • State resources responded
    • Firefighters will continue mop-up this afternoon and evening

    Sunday, March 29, 2015

    Alexander Fire

    Located in the Palmer Gulch area
    1/4 acre in size
    Local and federal resources on scene
    Cause is a down power line
    20 to 30 mph winds reported

    Saturday, March 28, 2015

    Sheep Draw Fire

    Jonathan Moor is now the Public Information Officer 
    assigned to the Sheep Draw Fire. 
    Media and public can reach him at: 406.366.9274.

    Update provided at 5:55 PM on April 2, 2015

    • As of 6:00 PM the Sheep Draw Fire is 100% contained
    • This fire continues to be in mop up, patrol, and rehab status
    • Investigation of cause is ongoing

    Update provided at 9:06 PM on April 2, 2015
    • 85% Contained
    • This fire is now in patrol and mop up status
    • The Incident Commander is currently working with local ranchers and the volunteer fire department
    • The fire remains under investigation

    Update provided at 3:07 PM on April 1, 2015
     U.S. Forest Service Wildland Firefighters monitor smoldering logs in high winds at the Sheep Draw Fire. High winds have kept logs and stumps burning, however the crews have managed to keep the fire from spreading any further.  (photo Jonathan Moor)

    Kevin Woster, a Reporter with KELO Rapid City, collects b-roll footage of a burning log at the Sheep Draw Fire. The 13,949-acres fire drew the attention of a number of regional media outlets including print, radio and television. (photo Jonathan Moor)

    Update provided at 11:48 PM on April 1, 2015

    • Size remains at 13,949 acres
    • 70% contained, although an increase in containment is expected 
    • 35-45 mph winds currently over the fire with gusts up to 50 mph
    • Fireline is holding well against the winds
    • Fire Managers have started to demob equipment and hand crews
    • Rehab efforts are currently taking place on the interior dozer line
    • The public can expect to see interior smoke until we receive significant precipitation

    Photos updated at 8:15 PM on March 31, 2015
    Photos taken by Jonathan Moor at the close of the day today.
    A few pockets of smoke linger in the draws and coulees.
     However, firefights have managed to achieve 70 percent containment.
    This barn still stands at sunset after the Sheep Draw Fire passed close by.

    Photos updated at 5:48 PM on March 31, 2015

    Photos taken by Air Attack who flew over the fire today.
    What a difference a day makes - this is the northeast flank of the fire.

    Some smoke still visible coming from interior portions of the fire.

    Update provided at 4:16 PM on March 31, 2015

    • Size is now estimated at 13,949 acres
    • The fire is now 70% contained
    • One non-commercial structure was burned. The structure was a protective shed for a natural gas well. The gas well caught fire the first day and was put out by the first night. 

    Update provided at 12:06 PM on March 31, 3015

    • As of 6:00 PM last night, two Dozers met and tied in the line around the fire (one from the north and one from the south)
    • The successful burnout operation ended at 10:00 PM last night
    • No injuries of both firefighters and the public have been reported 
    • This fire is burning mainly on public and private land with a small portion of Bureau of Land Management Land

    Fact Sheet updated at 11:54 on March 31, 2015

    Size            10,200 acres (as of 8 a.m. March 31, 2015) Type 3 Incident
    Started      March 28, 2015
    Location    7 mi. East, 12 mi. South of Camp Crook, SD
    Cause        Unknown (under investigation)
    Incident Command Post      At Harding VFD Station  (mobile trailer)
    Incident Commander           Jim Strain
    Public Information Officer   Jonathan Moor
                cell (406) 366-9274

    Lead Agency      Division of Wildland Fire, South Dakota Dept. of Agriculture

    Supporting Agencies

    • South Dakota National Guard
    • U.S. Bureau Of Land Management
    • U.S. Forest Service
    • South Dakota Highway Patrol
    • Harding County: Sheriff’s Office; Emergency Management; Board of Commissioners
    Personnel  111


    • 2 Type-1 Helicopters (South Dakota National Guard)
    • 1 King Air 90 Twin Engine Fixed Wing Air Attack Platform (State of South Dakota)
    • 2 Road Graders
    • 3 Bulldozers
    • 4 Water Tenders
    • 13 Type-6 Engines
    • 2 Type-4 Engines

    Incident Objectives

    • Ensure Public and Firefighter safety at all times
    • Hold fire west of Harding Road
    • Hold fire north of Collins Road
    • Protect grazing, timber, and sagebrush values north of West Short Pines Hills

    Map updated at 11:41 AM on March 31, 2015

    Photos updated at 10:44 AM on March 31, 2015
    Sheep Draw Fire

    Photo updated at 7:08 PM on March 30, 2015

    Sunset at the Sheep Draw Fire. Photo taken from the Incident Command Post

    Photos updated at 6:02 PM on March 30, 2015
    Photos taken on a recon flight this afternoon.
    View from the southeast side of the fire along the Harding Road.

    View from the southwest side of the fire. Looking at slop over into a draw.

    View from the northwest side of the fire which is the most active portion. 

    View from the northwest flank of the fire.  

    Updated at 4:46 PM on March 30, 2015
    • Fire Command flew over the fire today to gain fire intelligence.   
    • The latest conservative estimate in size is 10,200 acres.
    • There are no changes on the incident status, firefighters are still in full suppression strategy.  Fire Managers will continue to ramp up personnel working with the Incident Management Team (IMT) in light of critical incident fire weather forecasted for tomorrow.  

    Photo taken from the Incident Command Post located in Harding, SD.

    Updated at 12:33 PM on March 30, 2015
    • The Sheep Draw Fire is now 15% contained.
    Black Hat Hand Crew, Crew Boss on the Sheep Draw Fire

    Map of the Sheep Draw Fire updated at 11:18 AM on March 30, 2015

    Photos updated at 10:55 AM on March 30, 2015
    Sheep Draw Fire
    National Guard Black Hawk Helicopter 

    Sheep Draw Fire - Dozer putting in fireline

    Sheep Draw Fire 

    Updated 10:16 AM, March 30 2015
    • Size remains at 6,430 acres
    • A Fire Investigator is on scene working to determine cause
    • Four primary structures  and 18 outbuildings (which include natural gas wells/sites) are threatened.  Structure protection is in place and Fire Officials are working with local resources to ensure public and firefighter safety.
    • This fire is burning in Fuel Models 2 (grass) and 7 (timber overstory with pockets of heavier fuels)
    • A Type 3 team has assumed command as of 8:00 AM today
    • Fire Officials are working on a complexity analysis today to determine if this fire should be typed at a 2 level (meaning a more complex incident)
    • No injuries of firefighters or the public have been reported
    • Weather right now on scene is 52 degrees with wind gusts up to 18 MPH (moderate winds) and the relative humidity at 45% 
    • The temperature is expected to reach 69 degrees today with higher wind gusts up to 38 MPH.  There is currently a Fire Weather Watch in Harding County with high winds are expected.

    Updated 9:20, Sunday March 29, 2015

    Fire is now 6430 acres

    Updated 2:45, Sunday March 29, 2015

    Fire is now 5600 acres
    Jim Strain from SD Wildland Fire is the type 3 Incident Commander
    2 helicopters from SD National Guard have been ordered
    Fire officials estimate containment/control in 4 to 5 days

    Updated 11:11, Sunday March 29,2015

    Fire size is 5000+ acres on private and state lands. A Type 3 team has been ordered. No injuries have been reported. The cause is under investigation.

    Located in the West Short Pines of Harding County
    Estimated size is 2000 Acres
    Local and Federal resources on scene and a 20 person hand crew and dozer have been requested
    Cause is unknown at this time
    Sustained winds of 40+ mph with wind gusts of 70+ reported

    Tuesday, March 24, 2015

    How to Obtain Fire Information in the Great Plains Initial Attack Zone

    Rapid City, SD – Public Information Officers (PIOs) from Federal and State agencies continue to work together to distribute information about initial attack fires within the Great Plains initial attack zone.
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    Friday, March 20, 2015

    Exit 55 Fire

    Updated at 10:42 AM on Saturday, March 21
    • Command of this fire has been turned over to the Black Hawk Volunteer Fire Department

    Updated at 6:52 PM on Friday, March 20 
    • Located just west of Exit 55 on Interstate 90 in Pennington County
    • Some vehicles and other man-made improvements were threatened, no actual serious damage was reported from this fire
    • Size reached 16.1 acres
    • Local, state, and federal resources responded
    • Cause is under investigation
    Due to the close proximity of the Exit 55 and Northdale Fire, the driving lane of eastbound I-90 was closed for about 1.5 hours for firefighter safety.

    Northdale Fire

    Updated at 10:42 AM on Saturday, March 21
    • Command of this fire has been turned over to the Black Hawk Volunteer Fire Department

    Updated at 6:33 PM on Friday, March 20
    • Located in Black Hawk in Meade County
    • Two outbuildings/sheds have been destroyed by this fire
    • Several power poles and other utility infrastructure were also damaged
    • There were several cases of citizens with smoke inhalation and one with minor 1st degree burns
      • Rapid City Fire Department medical staff set up handled the medical issues
    • No evacuations were ordered for this fire, however Northdale Drive was closed to any which kept residents from getting to their homes
    • This fire is now at 5.7 acres
    • Cause of the fire remains under investigation

    There are currently two separate fires to report that are an estimated 1.5 miles apart off of Interstate 90 - Please see the separate Exit 55 blog post.

    Updated at 4:40 PM on Friday, March 20
    • Located along Interstate 90 from mile marker 52 to mile marker 54
    • Estimated size is 8 acres
    • Local, state, and federal resources have responded
    • Cause is under investigation 
    • Reported that no homes are on fire 
      • Two outbuildings have burned
    • No evacuations at this time 
    • At this time Nortdale Road is currently closed  
      • If residents of the Northdale Subdivision aren't already at their residence, they will not be allowed access due to high traffic and the challenges this is presenting firefighters.  
    • The Incident Commander anticipates Northdale Road be reopened at the estimated time of 5:00 PM
    Initial size up information is currently being collected on this incident.  Updated information will be posted as received.

    Thunderhead Falls Fire

    Updated at 11:15 am
    • Located on Thunderhead Falls Road west of Rapid City
    • Estimated size is .10 acres
    • State and local resources have responded

    Initial size up information is currently being collected on this incident.  Updated information will be posted as received.