Firefighters making progress on Wellnitz fire in SD and NE

Wellnitz Fire
Wellnitz Fire
Wellnitz Fire, photo by Nebraska Governor’s office

Firefighters are making progress on the Wellnitz fire that started August 29 north of Hay Springs, Nebraska and ran 28 miles north across the state line into South Dakota into the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, stopping when it got to the community of Oglala.

The only heat detected by the MODIS satellite during its 2 p.m. pass on Sunday was near the Division A/B break at the state line (see map below), the result of a large slopover that drew “quite an air show” according to the Information Officer for the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team A.

The fire has burned 96,000 acres, 63,000 in Nebraska and 33,000 in South Dakota. The IMTeam is calling it only 27 percent contained.

Below is a map of the fire provided by the IMTeam, prepared by Glenda Torres with data from 1200 hours on Sunday.

map of Wellnitz Fire, 1200 Sept 2, 2012


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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.