Bear Butte Fire fully contained


Fire crews were busy battling a grassfire on the north side of Bear Butte Saturday afte rnoon as strong winds pushed the blaze up the state park.

After battling the blaze Saturday afternoon and into early Sunday morning, crews reached full containment around 2 a.m. Sunday morning. The latest estimated size of the fire was 150 acres but a final size is yet to be determined.

Fire officials said the fire was reported at 11:40 a.m. in Bear Butte State Park.

By 11 p.m. the fire had burned an estimated 150 acres, primarily in dry grass on the northwest side of the butte, and was 30 percent contained.

Ray Bubb, Incident Commander for State of South Dakota Fire, said that dozen lines around the blaze were nearly complete and fire crews were making good projects at 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

Firefighters from Meade County and Pennington County initially responded, with South Dakota Wildland Fire taking over command Saturday afternoon.

The cause of the fire is undetermined and under investigation.

Firefighters dealt with steep terrain and gusting northwest winds in trying to control the fast-moving fire, which burned on the north side of the butte. Heavy smoke obscured the view of the butte from the south side.

According to the National Weather Service winds were gusting at more than 35 mph from the northwest in that area on Saturday.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *