Wildfire in Rapid City

Rapid City fire, 1723, 3-9-2012

Rapid City fire, at 5:23, 3-9-2012. The ice skating rink in in the forground. Photo captured from Rapid City Journal webcam

Update at 5:45 p.m. March 9:

The fire is burning on Cowboy Hill, also known as “M” Hill, and is 30% contained. There are 100 firefighters assigned and it has burned approximately 125 acres. HERE is a link to a map of the general location.

Original story at 5:25 p.m. March 9:

A wildfire has been burning for several hours on the northwest side of Rapid City, South Dakota near Anamosa and I-190. The Rapid City Journal reports that some residents along the west side of Silver Street, and residents of the Tranquil Trail, Harmony Heights Lane, Morningside Drive and Silver Street have been notified to be on alert.

A National Guard Blackhawk helicopter has been dropping water taken from a water hazard at the nearby Executive Golf Course. The high today of 73 set a record for the highest temperature recorded on this date. Red Flag warnings are in effect for southwest South Dakota for Saturday.

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Wildland fire has been a major part of Bill Gabbert’s life for several decades. After growing up in the south, he migrated to southern California where he lived for 20 years, working as a wildland firefighter. Later he took his affinity for firefighting to Indiana and eventually the Black Hills of South Dakota where he was the Fire Management Officer for a group of seven national parks. Today he is the creator and owner of WildfireToday.com and Sagacity Wildfire Services and serves as an expert witness in wildland fire. If you are interested in wildland fire, welcome… grab a cup of coffee and put your feet up. Google+