A forest fire has been burning since Saturday, August 11th, when it was reported. According to Black Hills Fox, the blaze is located between Hot Springs and Maverick Junction on Highway 18, but so far remains outside of city limits.
The fire is currently estimated to cover 468 acres. Public Information Officer for the fire Joe Johndreau has said that these estimates could change as information improves. While evacuations were issued for residents of the area, all of these were lifted Sunday evening, and will remain lifted until further notice. Fall River County Emergency Management says that these evacuation orders could be reinstated, and people should remain ready to evacuate if necessary. A red flag warning was issued for the area over the weekend due to heavy winds and low humidity.
A Type 2 management team has been called in to manage logistics and operations. Today firefighters are focusing on building containment lines using bulldozers, hand crews, and fire engines. The fire is currently 5 percent contained.
Highway 18 is not currently closed, but officials from the South Dakota Department of Transportation and other emergency officials have requested motorists avoid driving in the area due to heavy emergency vehicle traffic. There is currently a No Travel Advisory posted for the area.
More information and resources fore area residents are being provided at the Mueller Civic Center in Hot Springs.
Read more about fires in the Black Hills on the Black Hills Knowledge Network online news archive.