Updated on October 17 at 4:30 p.m. MDT.
The Cottonwood Fire, located between Philip and Wall, has burned across as many as 31,000 acres according to KOTA TV News, Rapid City Journal and a news release by Pennington County officials. As of 4:00 p.m. MDT, the fire is 75 percent contained and thought to be caused by human activity, although the official cause has not yet been determined. 137 head of cattle have been killed in the blaze.
Officials have stated that travelers along Interstate 90 should remain alert for increased emergency vehicle traffic and thick smoke. 100 firefighters are currently on the fire, down from the original 300 reported.
To read about previous fires in the Black Hills region, visit the Black Hills Knowledge Network’s online news archive.