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UPDATE: Kirk Hill Wildfire now 30% contained

Published: Aug. 11, 2021 at 8:02 PM CDT
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Spearfish, S.D. (KOTA) - According to the Black Hills National Forest Service, the Kirk Hill Wildfire is now 30% contained. The fire is projected to be at 100% containment by tonight.

UPDATE: Crews working around the clock to extinguish the Kirk Hill wildfire

Spearfish, S.D. (KOTA) - Fire fighters have been working around the clock to battle the Kirk Hill wildfire blaze that began yesterday afternoon near Sturgis, and has currently burned through approximately 80 acres.

Fire fighters have been working around the clock to battle the Kirk Hill wildfire blaze that began yesterday afternoon near Sturgis, and has currently burned through approximately 80 acres.

With a combination of dozer lines, hand lines, and roads, officials have fully encircled the burning area but have not released an exact percentage of containment.

A dozer line is described by the National Park Service and the USDA Forest Service as a “fire line constructed by the front blade of a dozer.

Crews are focusing on mopping up the perimeter today to gain full containment. No structures were damaged in the Kirk Hill Fire, in great part because of the efforts of federal, state, and local first responders and some tough machinery, including an air tanker that dropped several loads of fire retardant on the area.

Spearfish, S.D. (KOTA) – The Kirk Hill wildfire is currently burning just five miles southwest of Sturgis. As of 5:45pm, Forest Service Personnel had estimated that 50 acres of land have already been engulfed in flames, with 0% containment.

When our news crews arrived on the scene, various federal, state, and local fire-fighting resources were being used. Resources including Type 1 and Type 3 helicopters were actively engaged in controlling the burning area. These helicopters employ multiple firefighting methods including areal reconnaissance, and the transport and utilization of water and fire-retardant materials.

On the ground, fire-fighters are actively working to build a “containment line” - which is the controlled burning of vegetation around a wildfire in order to stop its spread.

Several homes are within an approximate half-mile of the scene but have not yet been evacuated.

The public is encouraged to avoid the area which can be identified by its proximity to Galena Road in Lawrence County, and adjacent areas that lead out of Sturgis.

Officials anticipate this area to be of concern for at least the next few days.

We will be updating this story as new information becomes available.

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