UPDATE: Grass fire near Rapid City growing in size  (Audio)

October 5, 2021

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A grass fire north of Rapid City is growing in size and prompting officials to warn additional residents they may need to evacuate.

Abnormally high temperatures, gusty winds and extremely dry conditions fueled a fire that began Monday afternoon.

By Monday evening, the fire torched between 250 and 300 acres.

Tessa Jaeger is a public information officer with the Rapid City Fire Department….

Jaeger says crews have reached the 25-percent containment mark…

Rapid City police helped evacuate the Marvel Mountain neighborhood earlier Monday and helped divert traffic around road closures. An unknown number of residents were evacuated.

It’s not known what ignited the fire and so far, no structures have been damaged.