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Auburn Fire Updates

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Published: Oct. 5, 2021 at 10:23 AM MDT
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) -

UPDATE 3:00 12/5/21: According to a statement released by the County, all evacuations, pre-evacuations and road closures will be lifted at 6 p.m. Only local residents are allowed in the area so as not to hamper firefighters.

Update 1:30 PM 12/5/21

  • According to am update from the Great Plains Fire Information Blog, In an update they have alerted the public to a slash pile that has ignited within the fires’ perimeter. Firefighters are currently using ground resources along with the Type 1 helicopter to lesson the intensity and extinguish the burn. A slash pile has ignited within the fire perimeter. Firefighters are currently using ground resources along with the Type 1 helicopter to lesson the intensity and extinguish the burn.

Update 12:40 PM 12/5/21

  • The Great plains Fire Information Blog has released the following updates: A Multi-Mission Aircraft (MMA) flew the fire to provide an accurate fire perimeter and updated acreage. The current size is 964 acres.
  • The southern portion of the fire is now in mop up and patrol status. Firefighters continue to extinguish hot spots to secure fireline.
  • A small burnout operation took place in the northern and western portions of the fire to continue to secure fireline. The winds continue to come out of the south/south east and challenge firefighters. Fire managers continue to shift resources around appropriately to work to secure line. A Type 1 helicopter continues to work hot spots on the western portion of the fire.

Update 9:50 AM 10/5/21

  • The Great Plains Fire Information Blog has issued the following updates on the Auburn Fire, saying that small burn out operations are taking place on the west and east portions of the fire to strengthen fireline. The public should continue to expect to see smoke in the area.
  • A Type 1 helicopter and an Air Attack platform are enroute to do some bucket work on the west portion of the fire. This will aid in cooling hot spots near the fire perimeter.

Update 8:00 AM 10/5/21

Update 7:45 AM 10/5/21

  • The Great Plains Fire Information Blog has issued a morning update on the Auburn Fire. Overnight, firefighters successfully conducted a burn out operation on the west and north portions of the fire. This burn out operation has greatly assisted to secure fireline in those areas and to provide for the defense of structures.
  • Firefighters have now secured line around the entire fire perimeter and will continue to strengthen the containment lines throughout the day.
  • Unburned pockets of fuel continue to ignite within the fire perimeter. The public can expect to see ignitions of that fuel throughout the day.
  • The plan for today is to continue to utilize direct and indirect attack tactics to secure the fire’s edge.
  • The use of aircraft will continue throughout the day. An Air Attack platform will continue to be used as well as a Large Air Tanker, Single Engine Air Tankers, and a Type 1 helicopter. A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place. The use of unmanned aircraft (AKA drones) could shut down the entire air operation.
  • Evacuations remain in effect. The public can view an interactive evacuation map at: https://www.pennco.org/publicsafetyhub or contact the Meade County Sheriff’s Office at 605.347.2681.

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