At noon Wednesday, firefighters were dispatched to a combined structure and wildland fire off of North Reservoir Rd. in Rapid Valley. Firefighters arrived to find flames that had engulfed the back of a home and spread into nearby grassland.
Firefighters from multiple departments including Rapid City, Rapid Valley, and Box Elder responded to the scene. On arrival, they found an outbuilding adjacent to the residence engulfed in flames that had spread to the back of the home and also to nearby grassland. The initial crews attacked the portion of the home that was in flames. It took about 30 minutes to stop all parts of the fire. It consumed just over 8 acres of grassland to the north of the home. Rapid City Fire Department Public Information Officer Jim Bussell says a quick response saved the home and kept this fire from charring more land.
RCFD Public Information Officer Jim Bussell says, "It sounds by all accounts that the residence portion should be tenable tonight, so again, that's really, really good news. When I arrived on scene, there was a good deal of fire pushing on the residence itself, and then with the wild land fire, I mean this could have had a much different result."
A home just north was evacuated for safety precautions, and there were no injuries to any residents or firefighters. The fire was accidentally caused when flames spread as an individual was burning trash near the outbuilding.
While multiple agencies were on that fire, another call came in just after 2:30 for a grass fire on Highway 79 near Black Gap Road. That fire burned just under 2.5 acres before firefighters were able to knock it down. It is 100% contained, and although it is determined to be man-made, the cause is still under investigation.