Wildfire burning west of Oglala is 40% contained

Oglala, SD – Officials say a wildfire that started west of Oglala earlier this week has burned 11 square miles and is 40 percent contained.

The fire started near the Prairie Wind Casino on Tuesday evening and moved southeast.

Oglala Sioux President Kevin Keeler said tribal groups such as the Department of Emergency Management and local groups focused on structural protection, while the federal Indian Affairs Wildland Fire Administration focused on extinguishing the fire. Two airlifters have been dispatched to the area.

State fire meteorologist Darren Clabo said increasing weather conditions, 40 mph winds, high temperatures and low humidity contributed to the fire.

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