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Official: Fire South Of Rapid City Has Consumed 10 Acres

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Pennington County officials say about 120 firefighters are battling a wildfire south of Rapid City that has consumed an estimated 10 acres east of Black Hills National Forest.

Emergency Management Director Dustin Willett said as of about 4 a.m. Saturday that 20 homes were threatened. He said no far there had been no property damage or injuries reported from the fire between Highway 16 and Neck Yoke Road.

It’s unclear what started it, but Willett says steep terrain, dry fuels, smoky conditions and winds up to 30 mph have made containing the fire difficult.

Local law enforcement has been notifying area residents in the path of the fire about possible evacuations.

Willett says driving in the area is dangerous due to smoky conditions and the number of responders in the area.