Grassfire burns 626 acres, threatens 200 homes - KOTA Territory News

Grassfire burns 626 acres, threatens 200 homes

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UPDATE 8:35PM:

The Longview Fire is considered 100% contained.

It burned a total of 626 acres.

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A fire that started Wednesday afternoon pushed quickly north toward a KOTA Territory community.

The Longview Fire started about 2:30 Wednesday afternoon, north of the Rapid City Regional Airport. It threatened up to 200 homes in the area. As a precaution about 150 homes were evacuated.

Many agencies responded to the estimated 300-500 acre fire, driven by strong, gusty winds.

A Red Cross shelter was set up on North Maple Avenue for evacuees.

Incident commander Rob Lehmann said they called in lots of personnel because the fire was quickly heading north towards Box Elder. "It's so dry and you know it moved so fast." Said Lehmann. "We've been saying all summer its ripe conditions for fire and you know considering we don't have much wind today compared to what we've had for wind it's been pretty hard to catch."

Crews knocked the fire down about 4:15 p.m., and by 4:30 p.m. all roads were opened and evacuations were lifted.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Original Story:

A grass fire burning north of Rapid City Regional Airport is estimated at 300-500 acres.

The "Longview Fire" started about 2:25 p.m.

The incident commander on scene says a cause is unknown at this time.  The fire threatened several trailers and ranch homes in the area.  Structure protection teams were immediately mobilized.  The incident commander says 75 personnel have responded.

The American Red Cross has opened a reception center/shelter for evacuees at 1205 N. Maple Avenue in Rapid City.  A second Reception Center has opened at the Box Elder Event Center at 420 Villa Drive.

No further information is available at this time.  Keep checking kotatv.com for updates.

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