March 29, 2021

(Updates) Schroeder/Nemo Road Fire

A look towards Nemo Road from City Hall at the fire. A look towards Nemo Road from City Hall at the fire. (City Photo/Darrell Shoemaker)

FROM PENNINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT:

(Thursday morning)

Update on Highway 244 Fire near Keystone

Pennington County, SD – Highway 244 is currently open for travel. It was opened at midnight, April 1, 2021. Iron Mountain Road remains closed from Highway 244 to the Custer County Line. Mount Rushmore National Memorial opened at 5:00 am.

Please be aware of smoky conditions, increased fire equipment and law enforcement in the area around Highway 244. People are asked to slow down and not pull off the road or park along the highway. Please give First Responders room to work.

Most evacuations lifted for Schroeder Road Fire area

Pennington County, SD – Effective immediately, West Highway 44 will be re-opened to through traffic. Nameless Cave Road and Cleghorn Canyon will remain closed and evacuated where fire operations continue. Residents may now return to other evacuated areas along W. Hwy 44. Law enforcement will be present to ensure resident traffic only. Once again, we ask residents to remain on their own property and limit travel to allow first responders to continue to work in these areas.  

Please be aware of increased equipment and law enforcement in the area around Highway 44. Reduced speed limits will be posted and enforced. For firefighter safety, it will be prohibited to pull off the road or park along the highway.

The public should stay vigilant and be aware that changing weather or wind conditions could again mean the closure of certain areas and roads. Smoke, smoking stumps and hot spots remain. With short notice evacuation orders and road closures could be put back in place if deemed necessary.

There are active fire operations. Please be mindful to slow down on all roads in the Schroeder Road fire area and give First Responders room to work.

(Wednesday morning)

Update on Schroeder Road Fire west of Rapid City

Public safety remains our number one priority during this fire. Although less fire and smoke may be visible, there is still active fire and a lot of resources engaged to keep the area safe.

Highway 44 will remain closed through today (3/31/21) and overnight, including all side roads east and west of Highway 44. There is still active fire near Highway 44. Fire crews are working on or near that road and side roads and will be moving heavy equipment. We will reevaluate the Highway 44 closure Thursday morning.

Starting at 10 am, March 31, 2021, residents only may access their homes in the neighborhoods of Westberry Trails, Red Dale Drive, Pinedale Heights, National Guard Way and Cinnamon Ridge. Neighborhoods that remain closed include Magic Canyon, Dark Canyon, Blake Road, Cleghorn Canyon and Nameless Cave Road. Residents need to remain alert to their surroundings and understand the evacuations may be put back in place at a moment’s notice based on any unexpected fire activity.

Law Enforcement will remain posted and will only allow residents to enter these neighborhoods. We ask these homeowners to stay on their property and not wander the neighborhood or wooded areas. They should expect to see smoke, smoking stumps and small active fire. Please do not call 911 for smoke or fire flare-up unless you feel structures or residences are in imminent danger. The general public is asked to stay away from the fire areas during mop-up efforts. Heavy equipment will be accessing these areas and addressing flare-ups all day.

We are working with officials at Camp Mniluzahan for a potential opening later this week.

Update on Highway 244 fire (near Keystone)

Highway 244 remains closed through Wednesday morning, March 31, 2021. The closure will be reevaluated in the early afternoon.

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(Tuesday/mid-morning)

New updated map for evacuations from #SchroederFire with road closures marked.

https://www.pennco.org/SchroederfRoadFire

 

Schroeder Fire 2021

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FROM RAPID CITY/PENNINGTON COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT:

Schroeder Rd Fire, Evacuation Map

(5:04 p.m.)

A map has been released for the currently evacuated areas for the Schroeder Rd Fire.

You can find this at

https://www.pennco.org/SchroederfRoadFire

Further updates may come from Pennington County Sheriff’s Office

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(1:46 p.m.)

Schroeder Rd Fire, 1 New Evacuation

1:46 p.m.

Schroeder Rd WildFire Updates:

New evacuation has been ordered:

  • Dark Canyon & Magic Canyon area is under an evacuation

Previously evacuated:

  • Cavern Rd. area
  • Nameless Cave Rd.
  • Cleghorn Canyon Rd.
  • Pinedale Heights area, west of Berry Pine Heights Dr.
  • Westberry Trails Subdivision

Red Cross Reception Center for those who’ve evacuated, has been set up at South Canyon Baptist Church located at 3333 W Chicago St #2317.

For continuing information as the fire develops please call 2-1-1 for continuing or changing evacuation information.

Additionally, we are encouraging Pennington County residents to sign up for the Public Warning Messages at https://www.pennco.org/pubwarnmsg to receive emergency information that may be put out for this fire or any other rapidly developing emergency that could affect residents in Pennington County.

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Schroeder Rd Area Fire, 2-1-1 Established as Call Center

(11:43 a.m.)

The wildfire incident at Schroeder Rd and Nemo Rd is rapidly developing.

For continuing information as the fire develops please call 2-1-1 for continuing or changing evacuation information.

Here’s what we do know at this time:

  • NEMO Rd is closed at the City Limits.
  • Westberry Trails Subdivision is under an evacuation.
  • Those who have evacuated their homes are encouraged to check in at the Red Cross Reception set up at South Canyon Baptist Church located at 3333 W Chicago St #2317.

Additionally, we are encouraging Pennington County residents to sign up for the Public Warning Messages at https://www.pennco.org/pubwarnmsg to receive emergency information that may be put out for this fire or any other rapidly developing emergency that could affect residents in Pennington County.

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FROM THE PENNINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE:

Law Enforcement and Fire Department agencies are responding to a major fire near Schroder road, in the Nemo area. High winds blowing out of the west are pushing the fire east. Evacuations in the Westberry Trails area are underway.

Nemo Road is closed between Schroeder Road and West Berry Hills Road.

This is a very active and dangerous scene, Law Enforcement requests that citizens stay out of the area, and use alternate routes.

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