South Dakota's Black Hills area has been through this before: A look at past fires

  • Source: KELO-TV CBS 11 Sioux Falls
  • Published: 03/31/2021 12:00 AM

VIDEOS: A fire near Rapid City is likely threatening some of the same public and private land and property that was threatened more than 30 years ago. The July 1988 fire was called the Nemo Fire by various news media. In research and federal information, it is called the Westberry Trails fire. The 1988 Westberry Trails fire burned homes and forced large evacuations near Rapid City. Neighborhoods, roads and public areas mentioned in this week’s fire, called the Schroeder Fire, are similar to the 1988 fire. Nemo Road, Westberry Trail and Cleghorn Canyon are just three. KELOLAND News stories described how shifting winds helped some land and private property but also caused challenges in Cleghorn Canyon. Steve Boyd of KELOLAND News, reported on July 28, 1988, winds made Cleghorn Canyon difficult.


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