Grass, timber fire threatens structures in SW South Dakota

August 12, 2018

HOT SPRINGS, S.D. (AP) — A growing grass and timber fire has prompted evacuations and is threatening structures in southwestern South Dakota.

The Rapid City Journal reports the evacuation area was expanded Sunday as the fire east of Hot Springs continued to grow. By Sunday afternoon the fire had grown to 250 acres and was 5 percent contained.

The fire started just off state Highway 18 Saturday afternoon. No injuries were reported or structures burned Sunday.

The number of evacuations and structures threatened was not immediately known Sunday. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Numerous ground resources and multiple air resources were ordered to fight the fire Saturday. Additional resources arrived Sunday.

A red flag warning for the fire area was issued until Sunday night due to low humidity and expected gusty winds.

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