Hot Springs Vineyard Fire Grows to 468 Acres, 5% Containment
9:30 pm Update:
According to the Fall River County Sheriff’s Office, the Vineyard Fire has grown to an estimated 468 acres. Containment is still at 5 percent.
All mandatory evacuations have been lifted by the Incident Commander
FEMA Funding has been authorized to pay 75 percent of the state’s eligible firefighting costs.
2:30 pm Update:
According to Great Plains Fire Information, the Vineyard Fire burning near Hot Springs has grown to 250 acres.
The fire is 5% contained, a Type 2 Incident Management Team has been ordered.
A hotline has been set up to call for information: 308-760-4342.
HOT SPRINGS, S.D. (AP) – A growing grass and timber fire has prompted evacuations and is threatening structures in southwestern South Dakota.
The Vineyard Fire, east of Hot Springs, grew to an estimated 180 acres by Sunday morning.
The fire started just off state Highway 18 Saturday afternoon. By Saturday night, the blaze had grown to an estimated 130 acres.
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.
The American Red Cross has set up an evacuation center at the Mueller Civic Center at 801 S. 6th Street in Hot Springs, SD.
Anyone affected by the wildfire may come for a safe place to stay.