A wildfire that raged around the outskirts of Rapid City in South Dakota has forced the evacuation of 400 to 500 homes, authorities announced Monday.
The Schroder fire raging in Pennington County had burned up to one and a half square hours and been contained to practically zero levels by Tuesday morning, according to the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office.
The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office previously warned that it was a “very active and dangerous scene.” with about 250 firefighters battling the blaze on a windy afternoon as gusts reached from 50 mph to 72 kph, The Rapid City Journal reported.
Several outbuildings and at least one house are damaged, the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post.
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, who traveled to Rapid City on Monday to monitor reaction, said the Schroeder Road fire had been started on private land.
Evacuations were conducted in several sub-divisions of a neighborhood of between 400 and 500 homes, Powell said.
High winds are expected to maintain up to 30 km / h in some areas until Tuesday afternoon with gusts of up to 45 km / h, the NWS said, saying possible developed fires are likely to spread rapidly.
Two other fires erupted southwest- east of Rapid City, near Keystone, including one which took an estimated 75 acres and the second 20 acres.