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Progress on Myrtle Fire

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PRINGLE, S.D. (AP) - An historic, 110-year-old ranch has been lost to the Myrtle Fire near Pringle, which has consumed more than 16 square miles of land. 

The blaze in the Black Hills engulfed the Williams Ranch, one of the oldest homesteads still standing in the area. 

Black Hills National Forest Archeologist Michael Engelhart says all 18 structures that made up the ranch burned to the ground. 

Englehart says firefighters had tried to protect the home but couldn't.

As of Monday night, the fire is 75% percent contained. Rain over the northern two-thirds of the fire helped to slow its spread. 

No current homes have been damaged, and Engelhart says firefighters have saved other historic sites.

The Myrtle Fire is one of several sweeping through central and western South Dakota.



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