UPDATE: 5,000 acres burn near Wanblee

Jackson County, SD UPDATE: A wildfire near Wanblee has burned more than 5,000 acres.

The Martin volunteer fire department says efforts to stop the fire from spreading appear to be working. The fire department tweets that burnouts appear to be working to stop the fire's progress. That's areas that are intentionally burned to control how the fire spreads.

Authorities say the fire started Sunday afternoon.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

Original story:

Dozens of firefighters from several agencies battled a grass fire near Wanblee in Jackson County Sunday night.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department says the fire began around 5:00pm Sunday and was still burning strong around 10 Sunday night.

The Sheriff's Department says it is contained to about 125 acres right now, although it has burned many more acres throughout the day.

As of Sunday night, firefighters were battling the flames from the ground and the sky, but strong winds and dry conditions are making it a tough fight.



 
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