RAPID CITY, S.D. (KELO) — Rapid City emergency crews are on the scene of a large grass fire.
The fire is burning west of Haines Avenue and Auburn Drive, according to social media posts from Rapid City Police. It started around 1:30 p.m. mountain time.
Deadwood Avenue, north of Interstate 90 has been closed because of the fire, Pennington County Emergency Management said in a Twitter post.
KELOLAND’s Sydney Thorson reports homes in the Marvel Mountain neighborhood are being evacuated. Pre-evacuations are also underway in the area of Deadwood Avenue to Erickson Ranch Road to Elk Creek Road to Haines Avenue.
The public is asked to avoid the area to allow fire crews to do their work. Onlookers have been crowding roads in the area and authorities don’t want the response to be slowed down by unnecessary traffic.
Shortly after 3 p.m. MT, Rapid City Fire shared that the fire is being fought from the air as well.
The grassland fire danger for the area was Very High as of Monday afternoon.
Look for updates to be included in this story as new details are confirmed.