Crews battling Black Hills wildfires gaining control

Smoke from a wildfire in the Black Hills of South Dakota blankets an area on the outskirts of Rapid City, S.D., where police set up a roadblock on Monday, March 29, 2021. There were at least three wildfires west that were burning west of Rapid City on a day when wind gusts ranged from 50 to 72 mph. The Pennington County Sheriff's Office said at least 400 homes had been evacuated and about 250 firefighters were battling the blaze that started near the town of Nemo. (Siandhara Bonnet/Rapid City Journal via AP)

March 31, 2021

NEMO, S.D. (AP) — Firefighters have started to gain control of wildfires in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

The wildfires have forced the evacuation of more than 400 homes and closed Mount Rushmore.

Three separate wildfires are burning Tuesday northwest of Rapid City. The largest is near Schroeder Road in the Nemo area. Officials say they expect to contain about half of that fire by the end of the day. At least one home has been destroyed.

Two smaller blazes are burning southwest of Rapid City, including one inside the grounds of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

The monument and some surrounding roads are closed.