Elk Run Fire causes evacuations in the Black Hills

Residents near Argyle south of Pringle were asked to leave their homes.

(Updated at 2:15 p.m. MDT August 31, 2017)

After more accurate mapping using GPS equipment, the size of the Elk Run Fire was determined to be 225 acres. All evacuation orders have been lifted.


Within a few hours after it was reported on private land at 3:16 p.m. MDT Wednesday, the Elk Run Fire near Argyle, South Dakota burned approximately 400 acres. Fire officials said two structures were damaged and some homes in the community of Argyle were evacuated.

On Wednesday the blaze was attacked by firefighters on the ground as well as three single engine air tankers, one heavy air tanker, and a South Dakota National Guard Blackhawk helicopter.

Elk Run Fire map
Map showing the approximate location of the Elk Run Fire in South Dakota, 7:56 p.m. MDT August 31, 2017

Fire officials hope to have a more accurate measurement of the number of acres burned later on Thursday.

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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.