Wildfire Controlled South Of Oelrichs, More Fires Ignite


Wildfires continue to plague the Black Hills region of South Dakota as dry conditions dominate the area.

The Rye Fire broke out just two miles south of Oelrichs a little after 5:00 pm on Wednesday afternoon. The fire reached five acres before being contained by local and federal resources.

The cause of the fire is being blamed on equipment.

The Elephant Fire that was reported seven miles south of Custer just before noon on Wednesday was contained at 4.98 acres by Wednesday night with help from local and federal resources. The cause of the fire is not known at this time.

The largest of the fires on Wednesday came 17-miles southeast of Wall, named the Big Buffalo Fire, which burned around 16-acres.

The lightning caused blaze was reported at 5:45 pm and kept federal and local crews busy until around 10:00 pm when it was considered contained.

Chances of moisture and cooler temperatures exist in the region over the next few days and should provide a small break from fire conditions.