Schroeder wildfire threatens Rapid City fire suppression, South Dakota

Schroeder wildfire threatens Rapid City fire suppression, South Dakota

Multiple National Guard helicopters were in full aerial suppression mode on March 29, 2021, as the Schroeder Fire burned multiple homes and threatened thousands more west of Rapid City, South Dakota.

Approximately 500 homes were ordered to evacuate the area as high winds helped spread the blaze.

The area was under a High Wind Warning with gusts over 110 km/h (70 mph) reported in nearby Rapid City.

Crews will be working around the clock to attempt to contain the fire as high winds continue to push it south overnight.

Multiple highways as well as Mount Rushmore National Memorial were closed due to the fire.

Heavy air tankers from Colorado are expected to join fire suppression efforts in the Black Hills tomorrow as multiple fires broke out across the area during the Red Flag Warning.

As of March 29, the fire was last estimated at around 770 ha (1 900 acres) with 0% containment.

Video and caption courtesy: Live Storms Media. Featured image credit: Pennington County SO

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