South Dakota Wildfire News

Week Before Trump’s Visit, Wildfire Burns Near Mount Rushmore

South Dakota brought in more resources on June 25 to fight a wildfire burning near Mount Rushmore ahead of next week’s visit to the monument by President Donald Trump for Independence Day celebrations. The fire that started in Custer State …

Fire Expert: Dry Conditions Make Mount Rushmore Fireworks ‘Ill Advised’

The July 3 fireworks display planned at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial would be “ill advised” because of the abnormally dry conditions and risk of summer wildfires, a fire expert said. The event could attract as many as 75,000 people, …

Federal Settlements in South Dakota Wildfire Total More Than $700K

Landowners in South Dakota have received over $700,000 in a lawsuit accusing a federal agency of burning their properties in an April 2013 prescribed fire that blazed out of control, destroying more than 10,000 acres. The U.S. Forest Service aimed …

200 Homes Evacuated as South Dakota Wildfire Grows

Strong winds are fanning the flames of a growing wildfire in South Dakota, pushing the fire beyond the borders of the Custer State Park and prompting new evacuations. Custer County Emergency Management director Mike Carter said Wednesday that residents of …