Monday, March 29, 2021

March 29, 2021

Incident #2: 244 Fire

7:00 p.m. Update

Fire crews continue to fight the 244 Fire, 1.5 miles southwest of Keystone, SD. The fire is estimated at 75 acres. Many more resources have been ordered and are en-route.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial and roads leading into the Memorial are closed until further notice. For further information on the Memorial, please contact Maureen Ballinger at 605-858-9790.

The road is also closed at Pennington & Custer County line off 16A (seasonal gates), north of Lakota Lake on Iron Mountain Road.

Fire officials again ask the public to stay out of the area for public and firefighter safety.

Cause of the fire remains unknown.

3 p.m. Update

Fire estimated at 40-50 acres.

The road is closed at Pennington & Custer County line off of 16A (seasonal gates). 

12:30 p.m. Update

Fire crews are responding to a wildfire 1.5 miles southwest of Keystone, SD and is estimated to be 20 acres.

Highway 244 is closed from Keystone to the stoplight at Mount Rushmore Memorial. 16A beginning at Grizzly Campground is also closed.

Fire officials are asking the public to stay out of the area for public and firefighter safety.

The fire is burning in heavy dead and downed timber with very high potential for spread due to very high winds. Cause of the fire is unknown.

Incident #3: Keystone Fire 

7:00 PM Update

The size of the fire was downsized from 30 acres to 15 acres following air attack. Crews are doing burnout operations and some mop-up.  Initial structure protection resources will be released to other fires.  Fire officials request that people from the public to please stay away from the area and allow firefighters to do their work.  

3:45 PM Update

Reported 3/29/2021 at 10:06 AM

Located 1.5 miles south of Keystone, SD on state land

Size: 15 acres, but area has very high winds

Cause: Under investigation

Local, state and federal resources are on site

Incident #4:  Argyle Fire 

Update at 7:00 PM on 3/29/2021

    * Fire Contained at 1648 on 3/29/2021

Reported 3/29/2021 at 11:42 AM

Located 5.5 miles northwest of Hot Springs, SD on federal land

3.15 Acres

Local, state and federal resources are on site

Cause: Under investigation

Incident #5:  Dry Creek Fire 

Updated at 7:00 PM 3/29/2021

Size:  Estimated at 9,400 acres 

Reported 3/29/2021 at 12:26

Located in Jones County, 5 miles north of Okaton and 9 miles northwest of Murdo. Jurisdiction unknown at this time

Cause is unknown 

Resources are on site

Incident #6: Bobcat Fire

    * Fire Contained on 3/29/2021 at 5:41 PM

Reported 3/292021 at 1:02 PM

Estimated 5 to 10 acres

Cause: Unknown

Incident #7:  Brown Canyon Fire

    *Contained on 3/29/2021 at 1700 

    *Controlled on 3/29/2021 at 1800

Location Weston County, WY, 9 miles north, north east of Newcastle, WY

Resources responded.