Smoke Covering Black Hills From Montana Fire

Jul 21, 2017

Smoke hangs over West Rapid City.
Credit Lee Strubinger / SDPB

Smoke from several fires in Montana is blanketing the Black Hills this afternoon.

Spearfish Fire Chief Mark Sachara says the northern hills have experienced thick smoke all morning.

That smoke started creeping into Rapid City around noon.

Sachara says the smoke is from a 30,000 acre fire.

“That fire is by Miles City. That’s the one that’s predominantly sending the smoke our way. With that many fires across the whole part of Montana, the wind is aligned just perfectly. It brought the smoke our way.”

Sachara says there are no big fires in the Black Hills at this time. Sachara urges caution when using anything that causes a spark, as the state now enters the dry season.