37.5 mi
S of Vale, SD
Fire Status:
Last Updated:
1 month ago
Incident #:
Fire Start:
Monday, March 29, 2021 9:22 AM MDT
Dispatch Notes:
Contain: 04/06/21 0835 | Control: 04/12/21 1800
Primary Fire Agency

Division of Wildland Fire — South Dakota Wildland Fire Suppression

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 6 months ago

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.

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Date of Origin:
Monday, March 29, 2021 9:30 AM MDT
3 miles west of Rapid City, SD
Incident Commander:
Jared Hohn
44.071, -103.355

Current Situation

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 Outlook

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 Synopsis

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

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