RAPID CITY, S.D.(KBHB)– A wildfire incident near Schroeder Road in the Nemo Area is rapidly developing according to firefighters.
Fire crews responded to the blaze earlier today as very strong winds were pushing the fire to the south and west.
The fire led to the evacuations of the Westberry Trails Subdivision. Those who have evacuated can go to South Canyon Baptist Church, 3333 W. Chicago St. #2317, where the Red Cross is set up.
The Pinedale Heights and West Camp Rapid were put on alert for possible evacuation.
Nemo Road has been closed as fire crews from around the area were sent in to try and slow down the fire.
An estimate on the fire is difficult, but fire officials earlier thought 200 acres initially may have burned.
Authorities are asking the public to stay out of the area so firefighters can get in and work.
Black Hills Energy has also announced it is experiencing several power outages across the Black Hills region. As of 10:20 am, about 558 customers are without electric power in the west Rapid City area near South Canyon Road and Schroeder Road area and an outage impacting about 65 customers in the Keystone area. The outages are due to severe high wind conditions and several wildfires in the Black Hills region which began today and may continue into Tuesday, March 30. Black Hills Energy operation crews stand ready to respond when conditions are safe for crews to restore power.
The fire burning near Nemo isn’t the only fire keeping crews busy.
Great Plains Dispatch reports another fire located 1.5 miles southwest of Keystone has burned approximately 10 acres.
Highway 244 is closed from Keystone to the stoplight at Mount Rushmore Memorial. 16A beginning at Grizzly Campground is also closed.
The fire is burning in heavy dead and downed timber with very high potential for spread due to very high winds.
Governor Noem is heading to Nemo area to access the damages.