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Gov. Noem declares state of emergency due to drought and fire conditions in South Dakota

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Schroeder Fire, South Dakota
Schroeder Fire outside of Rapid City, South Dakota.

PIERRE, S.D. (KTIV) - South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has signed an executive declaring a state of emergency due to severe drought and dangerous fire conditions.

The emergency goes through June 1 and is in response to numerous fire incidents occurring throughout the state.

The order allows the state to provide greater assistance to response efforts of local and volunteer firefighters.

Available resources and functions of state government are hereby authorized under the coordination of the Department of Agriculture, its successor the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Department of Public Safety, and the Wildland Fire Division as necessary to provide relief and assistance.

Excerpt from Executive Order 2021-07

This order comes as Mount Rushmore remains closed as wildfires in western South Dakota continue to cause road closures.

On Monday, three separate wildfires in the Black Hills of South Dakota forced evacuations of hundreds of homes northwest of Rapid City.

According to the Pennington County Sheriff's Office, the largest fire started in the Nemo area. At least one home has been destroyed.

The governor has spent the past two days overseeing the response to the Schroeder Fire outside of Rapid City.

Noem's full executive order can be read here.


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