Wolf Fire burns thousands of acres east of Wall, South Dakota

Map Wolf Fire
Map showing heat detected on the Wolf Fire at 2:57 p.m. MST, March 4, 2017. The fire was reported at about 11:30 a.m. on March 4 and some portions of the fire, which is burning in grass, could have cooled and therefore not been detected by the satellite at 2:57 p.m. The fire could be larger than shown by the satellite, particularly on the southwest side. The perimeter shown here is about 1,600 acres, but Great Plain Fire Information said at 3:10 it was 7,000 acres.

(UPDATED at 6:15 p.m. MST March 4, 2017)

At 5:47 MST March 4 Jim Strain of South Dakota Fire said the Wolf Fire east of Wall was just about wrapped up and the estimated size was 5,000 acres.

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(Originally published at 4:56 p.m. MST March 4, 2017)

The Wolf Fire has burned thousands of acres in South Dakota between Wall and Quinn. At 3:10 p.m. Great Plains Fire Information reported it had burned about 7,000 acres. The city of Quinn east of the fire was threatened at that time.

A weather station at Wall Saturday afternoon has been recording sustained winds out of the southwest at 30 mph gusting to around 40. At 4:35 p.m. it was 68 degrees with a relative humidity of 19 percent …. tough conditions for firefighters to be successful.

There is another fire 35 miles south of the Wolf fire, 3 miles northeast of Kyle, and a couple of fires in the Black Hills south of Keystone.

 

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, Bill Gabbert now writes about it from the Black Hills. Google+

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