Eastern Meade County, South Dakota Fire Gets Crews' Attention

Fire crews were dispatched to a fire in eastern Meade County Tuesday. The River Bottom Fire is 10 miles south of Plainview along the Cheyenne River and had burned about 150 acres as of late Tuesday afternoon.


RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) -- Fire crews were dispatched to a fire in eastern Meade County Tuesday. The River Bottom Fire is 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.

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.