(RAPID CITY)-Federal, state, and local volunteer firefighters were able to increase containment on the Moss Agate Fire and North Horse Fires Monday. Smoke from burnout operations conducted Sunday on the Myrtle Fire, along with other fires, appears to be lingering through the Black Hills area. As daytime temperatures rise, the inversion should lift, allowing smoke to dissipate.
Moss Agate Fire
The Moss Agate Fire, located 10 miles northwest of Edgemont, S.D., is now 70 percent contained and more accurate mapping has reduced the burned area to 4,314 acres. According to Incident Commander Brian Daunt, a thunderstorm passed through the fire area with erratic 60 miles per hour winds, and all fire lines held firm. Mop-up and patrol continued Monday night. The fire has been started by lightning.
North Horse Fire
The 22.5 acre North Horse Fire about four miles southwest of Cascade Falls, S.D., has been fully contained and is now in a patrol status. It had also been lightning-started.
Federal, state, and local volunteer fire departments also responded to reports of five new fires, as of 8:00 p.m. Monday night.
Rattle Snake Fire
The Rattle Snake Fire is located 3 miles southeast of Mount Rushmore National Memorial. The Incident Commander, Jarod Hohn, called for multiple airtanker retardant drops and utilized 2 helicopters to slow the fire growth, reducing the rate of spread, allowing firefighters to construct fire line. The fire is expected to be contained by Monday night.
Size: 1.5 acres
Containment: Estimated for 10 p.m. Monday
Resources: 52 fire personnel, which includes;1 – air attack platform 5 – engines 1 - hand crew1 - dozer2 – helicopter (1 light, 1 heavy)1 - tanker (multiple retardant drops)
Sohlt Fire Location: Six miles northwest of DeerfieldLake
Size: 2 acres
Location: Three miles northeast of Hardy Guard Station
Size: 0.1 acre
Cause: Lightning Containment: 100%
Deer Fire Location: South of Deer Creek road, WY
Cause: Lightning Containment: unknown
Location: On private land, south of the boat ramp on the west shore of Angostura Reservoir
The Beaver Dam 2 Fire was 100 percent contained.
Myrtle Fire Information at (605) 939-0354 or on the web at www.inciweb.org/incident/3028/.
Longhorn Fire Information at (605) 747-2046 / (605) 747-2707 or on the web at www.inciweb.org/incident/3030/.