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    Post South Dakota 2005

    Wildfire near Piedmont burns at least 3,500 acres in Black Hills

    PIEDMONT, S.D. (AP) - A wildfire that destroyed a house and a
    mobile home scorched at least 35-hundred acres in the Piedmont area
    of the Black Hills, and officials indicate it has likely burned
    more.
    Fire information officer Don Carpenter says firefighters have
    contained 5 percent of the Ricco Fire behind fire lines, and it
    continues to move north-northwest but at a much slower pace.
    Carpenter says the fire has been growing throughout today, but
    heavy smoke has kept officials from getting an updated acreage
    estimate.
    Two heavy air tankers, four helicopters and 45 engines were
    brought in to help 12 hand crews battle the blaze northwest of
    Rapid City. In all, 424 people are working to bring the Ricco Fire
    under control.
    Evacuation orders have been lifted for some subdivisions in and
    around Piedmont, while others remain in effect. Many other area
    residents are being told to be ready to evacuate on a moment's
    notice.



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    PIEDMONT, S.D. (AP) - Crews have made progress building a fire
    line on the east side of a wildfire burning in the Black Hills, but
    the blaze remained just 5 percent contained Monday, officials said.
    The Ricco wildfire has scorched about five square miles in the
    Piedmont area northwest of Rapid City since it started Friday
    night, destroying a house and a garage, authorities reported.
    The area causing the most trouble Monday was along the south and
    west lines because of rugged terrain.
    Cooler temperatures and subsiding winds helped firefighting
    conditions and allowed crews to conduct burnouts, which essentially
    use fire to fight fire.
    Burnouts are intended to clear vegetation that could serve as
    fuel for a wildfire. Crews light smaller acreages and let it burn
    to the larger fire, said division group supervisor Matt Spring.
    "Last couple of days, we've burned out approximately two miles
    of lines and held and secured that," Spring said. "Yesterday we
    had a five-acre slop over with 12 other spots and we caught those
    successfully.
    "And we're continuing on to get two more lines or two more
    miles of lines put in."
    But the weather change also kept smoke near the ground and
    prevented support aircraft from taking off for a while Monday.
    Tanker planes and helicopters were able to get in the air later in
    the day.
    Helicopters assisted ground crews by dropping bursts of a
    water-foam mixture on hot spots. The craft, which only fly in
    daylight, can return to the helibase within seven minutes of a drop
    for another run.
    Air support is crucial in a rugged area such as the Black Hills,
    said helibase manager LaVerne Hermanson.
    "Because of the terrain that we have, it's difficult to get in
    with resources," Hermanson said.
    Hermanson said it has even been difficult for aircraft to get
    into some of the canyons, but crews are making it work.
    Fire managers called in more crews Monday, and the fire was put
    under a federal Type 1 incident management team, which means
    national resources can be brought in to help.
    Such teams carry about 30 members, including experts on
    planning, logistics, safety and finance. They take turns being
    on-call for complex wildfires and other emergencies, like hurricane
    relief, and need to be packed and ready to roll within two hours.
    Officials said Monday that about 3,200 acres have been burned.
    They said they have not been able to get an aircraft with the
    proper equipment to spot the corners of the fire to get an accurate
    size.
    The fire, which officials believe was sparked by lightning
    Friday night in Stagebarn Canyon, spread quickly Saturday because
    of triple-digit temperatures, wind gusts over 20 mph and low
    relative humidity of around 12 percent.
    Those conditions improved with the passage of a cold front on
    Sunday, and cooler temperatures and lower winds continued to help
    on Monday.
    Some 500 people were battling the blaze Monday. The only
    reported injury was a firefighter who has recovered from a
    heat-related condition on Sunday.
    As of Monday morning, two heavy air tankers, two heavy lift and
    two Black Hawk helicopters and some other smaller helicopters were
    involved, along with 45 fire engines.
    The Upper High Meadows subdivision and the Dalton Lake
    campground remained under an evacuation order Monday.
    Residents of the Rolling Hills, Woodland Hills and the lower end
    of the High Meadows subdivisions were warned to be ready to leave
    on a moment's notice.
    Officials had no estimate of how many people have had to leave
    their homes.
    On Monday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced
    money will be made available to pay for three-fourths of the
    state's eligible firefighting costs for the Ricco fire. Eligible
    costs can include expenses for field camps; equipment use, repair
    and replacement; tools; materials and supplies; and mobilization
    and demobilization activities, FEMA said in a release.
    The money is in response to the state's request for federal aid.

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    PIEDMONT, S.D. (AP) - The Ricco fire in South Dakota's Black
    Hills is 65 percent contained, but the burned area has grown to
    just over six square miles.
    The fire has burned about 3,900 acres so far, but hot-shot crews
    set some fires of their own Tuesday night to rob advancing flames
    of fuel in an attempt to slow the blaze. Helicopters dropped
    incendiary capsules on the west side of the fire.
    They still hope for full containment by Saturday.
    The number of firefighters on the scene grew Tuesday from 560 to
    about 830.
    Authorities think the wildfire, which is burning in an area
    northwest of Rapid City, began Friday night after a lightning
    strike in Stagebarn Canyon. It has destroyed a house and a garage
    so far.
    Evacuation alerts have been lifted for residents in the area,
    and officials Wednesday afternoon released some of the structure
    protection units that have been guarding homes since the fire began
    Friday.
    Joe Lowe, state wildland fire coordinator, said crews have been
    working hard to protect homes and buildings.
    "Those firefighters gave it everything they could to protect
    those structures for people, and I don't think you can ask for
    anything more from a firefighter to put his life on the line to
    save a home," Lowe said.
    Crews dealt with hot temperatures, lower humidity and higher
    winds Wednesday, but officials said the conditions didn't cause too
    many problems for firefighters. Crews had to be cautious that
    embers didn't blow outside the established fire lines, they said.

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    Post August 2nd

    RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Fire crews were dispatched to a fire in
    eastern Meade County Tuesday. The River Bottom Fire was reported 10
    miles south of Plainview along the Cheyenne River and had burned
    about 150 acres as of late Tuesday afternoon.
    It started in grass but quickly moved into cedar and pine trees
    along the river bottom, fire officials said in a release.
    People from eight volunteer fire departments were among those
    initially fighting the fire. Single-engine air tankers were on
    standby if firefighters feel they need them, officials said.
    Beth Hermanson of the Great Plains Interagency Information
    Center said flames were 8 feet to 10 feet high and the wind had
    been gusting to 25 mph on Tuesday.
    Officials said the forward progress of the fire has stopped at
    the Cheyenne River and that crews were making good progress in
    getting a line around the fire.
    No structures were threatened, and the cause is being
    investigated, fire officials said.

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