UPDATE: Highway 244 to reopen midnight on April 1

Local News

Courtesy National Park Service Fire and Aviation Management

6:00 p.m. CT

S.D. Highway 244 will reopen to traffic at midnight on April 1, 2021.

Currently, U.S. Highway (Iron Mountain Road) from S.D. Highway 244 to S.D. Highway 36 remains closed due to fire-related vehicle activity.

According to Pennington County Fire, Highway 44 from Canyon Lake to the Johnson Siding station 2 is still closed.


The Mount Rushmore National Memorial remains closed on Tuesday as a wildfires continue to burn in the area.

On Monday, a fire was reported a mile and a half southwest of Keystone, along Highway 244. The roads leading to the memorial, including Highway 244 are closed.

Officials say the fire is burning within the park and nearby structures are considered threatened. This includes park facilities and private residences.

As of 11:10 a.m. MDT, the fire is burning on about 90 acres and it is 0% contained, officials say.

KELOLAND News has two reporters in the Black Hills area. Stay up to date with the latest details on-air and online at KELOLAND.com

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