NEW: Large, growing grass fire forces evacuations in parts of Rapid City

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October 4, 2021

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A large grass fire is forcing people to evacuate in north Rapid City.

The Rapid City Fire Department says the fire began at about 1:30 p.m. Monday and had grown to about 100 acres by 4 p.m.

he cause of the fire was being investigated, but the flames were being fueled by abnormally high temperatures, gusty winds and drought-like dryness.

Mandatory evacuations were being enforced in the Marvel Mountain neighborhood.

It was not immediately clear how many residents were affected.