RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — People in 18 homes near Rapid City have been told they might have to evacuate due to a forest fire that continues to grow.
The Dakota Fire is burning near the Dakota Point Recreation Area at Sheridan Lake, about 15 miles southwest of Rapid City. Authorities say it has reached about 300 acres in size, with 30 percent containment. Some 60 firefighters are battling it on the ground and in the air. The cause is being investigated by the U.S. Forest Service.
Sheridan Lake Road is open only to firefighting vehicles and local traffic from U.S. Highway 385 to the Spring Creek Picnic Area.
Sheridan Lake remains closed to all boating traffic.