Schroeder Fire likely started with debris pile

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KELO) — Authorities announced the Schroeder Fire, which burned 2,224 acres in western Rapid City, started from a debris/slash pile. 

The South Dakota Wildland Fire and Pennington County Sheriff’s Office said an investigation indicated an escape from a debris/slash pile can’t be eliminated as the cause of the fire. The investigation eliminates lightning, cigarette smoking, glass reflection and arson as potential causes. 

  • Schroeder Fire burns on Tuesday west of Rapid City
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  • Schroeder fire burn area
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  • Day two of Schroeder fire near Rapid City
  • Smoke over area burned by Schroeder fire

The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office determined the fire started on property at 8875 Schroeder ROad and the property owner did have a valid burn permit. 

At least one home, two outbuildings and a porch were destroyed and nearly 500 people were evacuated. 

No criminal charges are being filed at this time.

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