South Dakota Wildfires Force Evacuations and Close Mount Rushmore
Updated 3/31/21: Kelo published an article providing the latest on wildfire activity in South Dakota that has caused structural damage.
Updated 3/30/31: South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem declared a state of emergency due to existing drought conditions and the presence of wildfire activity.
March 30, 2021
Source: The Weather Channel
Approximate areas reportedly sustaining structural damage:
– Rapid City (Pennington County, 57701, 57702, 57703, 57709)
*West Berry Trails/Nemo Road area
NOTE: This has NOT yet been declared a FEMA Major Disaster.
At a Glance
- At least three wildfires are burning in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
- At least one home has been destroyed, along with several outbuildings.
- As many as 500 homes were evacuated.
Wildfires burning in the Black Hills of South Dakota have forced hundreds of residents to evacuate and Mount Rushmore to close.
The largest, the Schroeder Road fire, has consumed nearly 3 square miles just west of Rapid City, South Dakota. It was first reported at 9:22 a.m. Monday MDT and was driven by winds that gusted over 70 mph in Rapid City.
“We are at record-dry conditions along with high winds playing a major factor in this fight,” Jay Esperance, division director for South Dakota Wildland Fire, said in a Facebook post.
The blaze has destroyed at least one home and several outbuildings, according to the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office. It is 0% contained. Officials are looking into the cause of the fire.
Sheriff Kevin Thom said 400 to 500 homes were evacuated, though some residents were allowed to return home Monday night.
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