Update: Elk Run wildfire now 95 percent contained

UPDATE: CUSTER COUNTY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - The Elk Run wildfire burning in Custer County is now reportedly 95 percent contained and no structures are currently threatened.

According to a release from Great Plains Fire Information, crews will work to improve containment lines into Saturday. They had hoped to hit 100 percent containment Friday but the weather caused that goal to slip to Saturday.

Firefighters are also doing mop-up operations in some areas; as well as focusing on areas of unburned fuel pockets within the fire perimeter.

The fire is listed at 225 acres but that might change when accurate GPS mapping is accomplished.

There are 100 people on the fire now; including three hand crews and eight engines.

The fire, caused by lightning Wednesday, is burning on private and Forest Service land; about two miles southwest of Argyle.

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Firefighters have lines around the entire Elk Run wildfire and it is now 60 percent contained.

With more-accurate GPS mapping, they have determined it is a 225-acre wildfire.

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The fire is approximately 400 acres at this time. GPS mapping will provide a more accurate size assessment Thursday. It is located on private land in Custer County, south of Argyle, west of Hwy 89. Two structures were damaged Wednesday but not destroyed.

3 Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs), 1 heavy air tanker, and 1 SD National Guard Blackhawk are on-scene. Overnight the fire was held along the lines on the south flank.

There is still no containment at this time.

Previous information:

Update #3: Brent Wise reports the Elk Run Fire near Argyle in Custer County is 400 acres. 200-250 responders are on the scene, including crews from Custer, Hulett, and Pringle. No one has been hurt. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Update #2: Just received from Great Plain Fire Information: Estimated size is currently 200 acres, and no estimated containment time has been determined. There are currently structures threatened, but I have no other details regarding them.

Update: Brent Wise reports from near the Elk Run Fire that one primary structure and one out building have been damaged, but not destroyed. The house was NOT occupied. Wise reports that evacuation notices were given to some residents but no one left. One witness reports the fire at 150 acres, but that has NOT been confirmed.

Original story: Fire crews are at the scene of the Elk Run wildfire in southern Custer County.

The fire is already 60 acres, and at least one structure is on fire, according to Great Plains Fire Dispatch. Other structures are threatened.

Federal, state, and local fire crews are responding. Structure protection units and air resources have been ordered.

The fire was reported at 3:16 PM. It is located on private land south of Argyle and west of Highway 89.