ROSEBUD, S.D. (AP) – Just as firefighters contained about 25 percent of the wildfires cutting across Rosebud Indian Reservation, a lightning strike started another blaze.
Rocky Mountain Area Incident Commander Joe Lowe says thunderstorms have come close to helping firefighters the past several nights, but each time the rain stops four or miles north of the flames.
Speaking Monday at a Rosebud Sioux Tribe special session, Lowe says that firefighters will burn off brush that’s serving as fuel for the blaze in hopes of controlling its path.
Lowe says that although the area has been burning since Thursday, so far, no homes, people or firefighters have been lost or injured. It isn’t clear yet if domestic animals or cattle have been killed.
Tribe President Rodney Bordeaux has asked for state and federal help.
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