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Firefighters battle 300-acre blaze near Wasta

Almost 100% contained
Published: Aug. 18, 2021 at 8:14 AM CDT
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA) - Firefighters across the region are working to contain a large grass fire near Interstate 90.

The fire is 80% contained according to the Wall Fire department.

The chief of the Wall Fire department Jim Kiterman says he is optimistic that the fire will be 100% under control soon.

" We have a dozer line, pretty much all the fire. Ten fire trucks pretty much patrolling the perimeter of the fire most of the day and probably some tonight. Type six engines and a couple of water tenders will be stationed all day long here around the interstate”.

The fire is human-caused. A Tractor-Trailor full of hay caught on fire, then spread to the north end on the north side of the ditch. The Pennington Sheriff’s department is investigating who caused the fire.

Crews from multiple counties are battling the Hawk Draw Fire, which has burned roughly 330 acres near mile marker 96 on I-90 and west of Wasta, according to Great Plains Fire Information.

Pennington County Fire Administrator Jerome Harvey says the fire is still active, but it is not out of control.

Wasta Volunteer Fire Department’s Facebook page indicates the fire was started around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday by a semi-trailer carrying hay.

We’ll provide more information as it becomes available.

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