- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Crews battling a large wildfire in northwestern South Dakota’s Harding County have it about 70 percent contained.

The Sheep Draw Fire started Saturday afternoon and was fueled by winds gusting more than 70 mph. The Great Plains Fire Information office estimates that it has burned about 14,000 acres, or nearly 22 square miles. It’s the largest wildfire in the state in three years.

The fire has threatened some homes, buildings and natural gas wells, but the only structure that has burned has been a shed at a gas well. No one has been hurt.

The cause of the blaze is still being investigated.


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