Newton fire, Mt. Rushmore fire close to containment - KOTA Territory News

Newton fire, Mt. Rushmore fire close to containment

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Two fire, sparked Monday are close to containment.

The Newton Fire located along Deerfield Lake Road four miles northwest of Hill City was started by a burn pile that got out of control on private land.

Resources responding include hand crews, engines, and miscellaneous overhead.

Jay Esperance, Division Director, said in a press release, "With the warm and windy weather that South Dakota has been experiencing the last couple of days and will continue to see in the near future, residents that have received a burn permit for their brush piles need to check to make sure they are cold and completely out."

This type of weather can cause burn piles to re-ignite if the pile has not been extinguished to the point where it's cold to the touch.

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A prescribed burn at Mt Rushmore broke containment lines last night.

Maureen McGee-Ballinger with Mt Rushmore says it began about 1 a.m. Monday morning due to wind gusts of over 50 mph at the Monument. By 10 a.m. this morning the fire was 2 acres in size.

The fire is currently 95% contained with crews continuing to mop up hot spots.

McGee-Ballinger says all prescribed burning is on hold until more precipitation arrives.

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And crews continue to mop up the Commissary Point Fire located near Victoria Lake south of Johnson Siding.

Size remains at 21 acres, fire was fully contained as of noon Sunday.

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