UPDATE: Schroeder fire estimated at 1,900 acres

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10:04 p.m. CT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KELO) — Officials shared new details on the Schroeder fire late Monday night.

Updated acreage is estimated at 1,900 acres. Crews are continuing to monitor the fire throughout the night.

Pennington County officials say they have opened up Schroeder Road to residents. All other evacuation areas however will be remain closed through Monday night.

Authorities shared new details on the Schroeder fire burning near Rapid City.

The fire started Monday morning and 50-mile an hour winds, it quickly spread inside city limits.

As of Monday afternoon, it is estimated to be around 800 acres. Officials say two homes have burned, along with several outbuildings.

FEMA has already approved an emergency request for help. Fire officials have requested assistance from outside agencies, along with aircraft to help monitor for hot spots.

It’s forced hundreds people from their homes. Other people in the area have been told to “be ready” to evacuate if needed.

3:32 p.m. CT

Gov. Kristi Noem and Rep. Dusty Johnson will be holding a media update at 3 p.m. MT, 4 p.m. CT.

Rep. Johnson announced FEMA approved the state’s emergency request for help to fight the Schroeder fire in West River. Gov. Noem is at the South Dakota Wildland Fire Division Incident Command Center. KELOLAND News will provide updates from the news conference.

Gov. Noem also asked anyone who burned anything in the Black Hills in the last month to “please go check the piles and make sure they are completely extinguished.”

The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office says Nemo Rd. is now open to through traffic, but there are checkpoints to West Berry Trails and Schroeder Rd.

3 p.m.

Evacuations are expanding in Rapid City due to a growing fire.

The fire was first reported around 10 a.m. MDT.

As conditions change and the fire shifts, new areas are being evacuated.

New evacuations have been ordered for the following areas:

  • Nameless Cave Rd is evacuating.
  • Cleghorn Canyon Rd is evacuating.
  • Pinedale Heights area, west of Berry Pine Heights Dr is evacuating.
  • Cavern Rd area is evacuating.
  • Dark Canyon and Magic Canyon Rd are evacuating.

The Westberry Trails Subdivision had previously been evacuated.

Updated 1:14 p.m. CDT

The Pennington County Emergency Management has established a call center with the 2-1-1 hotline as the situation develops. For the latest evacuation information, call 2-1-1.

For continuing information as the fire develops please call 2-1-1 for continuing or changing evacuation information.

The Rapid City Fire Department reports the fire is in the Schroeder Road area, four miles west of the city. Officials say the air quality is poor from the smoke in the west side of town. They’re asking residents to be careful if you go outside.

At 11:30 a.m. MT, the Rapid City Fire Department posted on Facebook that Pinedale Heights and West Camp Rapid could possibly be the next neighborhoods to evacuate. They say the fire is quickly spreading and residents need to be prepared to evacuate.

The South Dakota Wildland Fire and the South Dakota National Guard are responding to the fire.

High winds have switched out of the north, pushing the fire south. 50mph winds have been reported in the area. When the fire first started, the winds were blowing out of the west, pushing the fire east in the Nemo area. Evacuations in the Westberry Trails area are underway.

As it is a very active and dangerous scene, law enforcement requests people stay out of the area and use alternate routes.

Gov. Kristi Noem posted on Twitter that she’s leaving Veto Day in Pierre to oversee response efforts in Rapid City.

Map of approximate location:

KELOLAND’s Sydney Thorson is with Rapid City firefighters as they respond. She shared this video from the scene where you can see heavy smoke and hear the wind blowing.

Firefighters were responding as of 10 a.m. mountain time.

Fire danger is high today; people are asked to vigilant. Winds are moving at up to 60 miles per hour in the Rapid City area. Strong winds along with warmer temperatures are creating the dangerous conditions.

Look for the latest in this story as new information is confirmed.

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