(S.D.) -Fatality Near Edgemont Unrelated To Fire
(Edgemont)-Fires are burning in many of the western states, including South Dakota, with another Black Hills fire popping up on Friday afternoon. According to Wildfire Today, the White Draw fire started at about 4 p.m. Friday afternoon northeast of Edgemont after a motor home driving up the grade on Highway 18 toward Hot Springs caught on fire.
Bill Gabbert with Wildfire Today stated on their web page that there were quite a few engines working on the fire from the local communities, as well as the U.S. Forest Service, the State of South Dakota, and the National Park Service. There were no large air tankers on the fire at any time as far as he knew, but there was one Single Engine Air Tanker, plus two Type 3 Helicopters and a Blackhawk. When Gabbert left the fire at about 9:45 p.m. he stated he could not see the entire fire, but believed it had burned hundreds of acres.
There were also reports of a fatality because of the fire. The Fall River County Sheriff’s Office was not releasing any information, but according to the Edgemont Herald Tribune, the fatality was an off-duty firefighter who was checking his cattle because of the fire and complained of chest pains. When more information is released, we will pass that along to our listeners.
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