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    St. Francis Fire on the Rosebud Reservation Burns 1,500-2,000 Acres

    ST. FRANCIS, S.D. – According to the Rosebud Agency, Bureau of Indian Affairs (B.I.A.) a fire was reported Saturday afternoon near St. Francis, located on the Rosebud Sioux Tribal lands at 1:30 p.m. threatening several structures moving northwest and northeast with 20-30 mph winds.

    As of Monday, Joelynn Ashley, Rosebud Agency B.I.A. Superintendent, reports that no structures have been affected but the fire has burned approximately 1,500-2,000 acres of grassland and timber and is currently 20 percent contained.

    Responding to the fire included: the Rosebud Agency Wildfire Branch, Bear Mountain, E-691, E-661, Lightup, Spearfish, Fairburn Volunteer Fire Department (VFD), Colton, Cody UFD, Centennial, Interior, Black Hills Helitak, Grand Junction Smoke Jumpers, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe VFDs, Rosebud AD’s, one large air tanker, one very large air tanker, two single-engine air tanker, and additional resources from Blackhawk, Edgemont, Valentine, Cody, and Tripp County.

    The Rosebud Sioux Tribe is asking citizens to stay off and away from all trail roads in the vicinity of the fire. Less traffic will assist the fire resources to enter and leave safely.

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