Wildfire Incident Report

Prepared: Monday, October 18, 2021 9:09:05 PM MDT

Wildfire Incident Report

Fire, Weather & Avalanche Center
La Grande, OR, USA
Incident #
FWAC Incident ID
Incident Name
Schroeder Fire
Last Updated
Monday, August 16, 2021 9:05 AM MDT
(2 months ago)
Fire Reported
Monday, March 29, 2021 9:22 AM MDT
(7 months ago)
South Dakota
Incident Type
37.5 miles S of Vale, SD
Responsible Agency
Division of Wildland Fire
Responsible Fire Unit
South Dakota Wildland Fire Suppression
Contain: 04/06/21 0835 | Control: 04/12/21 1800
Current Weather
Fire Growth Potential
Fire Weather Forecast
Incident Overview

The Schroeder Fire was detected on March 29, 2021, 4 miles west of Rapid City, South Dakota. It grew rapidly near a heavily populated area in the burn scar of the 1988 Westberry Fire. State local, state and federal resources responded to the fire. Multiple neighborhoods were threatened, and residents were evacuated. Local fire department response was crucial in the containment of the Schroeder Fire. The South Dakota National Guard Helicopter and Heavy Air Tankers worked together to help the ground resources protect property and extinguish hot spots. 

The local Type 3 team transitioned with The Rocky Mountain Area Blue Team on March 30. On April 1, most of the residents were allowed to return to their homes, and the closure of Highway 44 was lifted. On April 2, residents of the the Cleghorn Canyon and Nameless Cave Roads neighborhoods were allowed to return home. 

At 6:00 p.m. Monday, April 5 the Rocky Mountain Area Incident Command Team Blue (Type 2) transferred command of the Schroeder Fire to a local Type 3 management organization. This page will not be updated unless a significant event occurs.

Incident Type
Date of Origin
Monday March 29th, 2021 approx. 09:30 AM
3 miles west of Rapid City, SD
Incident Commander
Jared Hohn
44.071, -103.355
Total Personnel
Size (Acres)
Fuels Involved
Timber (Grass and Understory)
Closed Timber Litter

Deep timber litter and heavy dead and down fuels.
Significant Events
Planned Actions
Mop up and suppression repair.
Projected Incident Activity
12 hours: The chance of wetting rain is 80%. Highs will be in the 30s and minimum RH will be above 60%

Anticipated after 72 hours: Another cold front will push through Thursday night with a few scattered showers possible. Friday will be cooler with highs in the low 50s. Minimum RH will stay above critical thresholds. Winds will remain out of the north from 10-20 mph. Seasonal temperatures are expected this weekend.
Weather Concerns
A Red Flag Warning was in effect from 1200 to 1900 hours today. A cold front moved through the fire area bringing NW wind gusts from 30-40 mph. Cloudy skies are expected tomorrow with rain/snow showers likely tomorrow afternoon. The chance of wetting rain is 80%. Highs will be in the 30s and minimum RH will be above 60%. Rain/snow showers will continue through midday Wednesday and highs will be in the 40s while minimum RH drops to 60%. Breezy north winds are expected through the period. We will return to mostly sunny skies Thursday with temperatures in the 60s, minimum RH near 30%, and north winds from 10-20 mph.
Incident Contact
South Dakota Wildland Fire Division
Email: jeni.lawver@state.sd.us
Phone: 605-381-7232 ext.
Hours: M-F 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Fire Unit Information
South Dakota Wildland Fire Suppression
3305 West South Street Rapid City South Dakota 57702
Suite 2
Rapid City, SD 57703
Dispatch Contact
Great Plains Interagency Dispatch Center | Rapid City, SD
Phone: 605-399-3160
Website: https://gacc.nifc.gov/rmcc/dispatch_centers/r2gpc/
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