3:16 p.m.: MYRTLE FIRE UPDATE
Published: Friday, July 20th, 2012
Both Argyle Loop Roads have now been closed due to the Myrtle Fire, and Argyle Road has been closed both on the Hwy. 385 side to Hot Springs and Hwy. 89. If you left home this morning to go to work from Argyle, you will not be able to get back in. The Red Cross has opened up a partnership emergency shelter with Fall River County in Hot Springs. They have about 15 residents there now as a result of the Red Cross evacuation last night, and are expecting another potential 50 to 100, depending on what happens at Argyle in terms of fire activity.
Many evacuated residents are in need of trailers for livestock and other animals. If you have a trailer to spare, please message, email, comment or call us. We will post it to our site for those in need.
The fire is quickly moving and growing and is not estimated at 8,00 acres. The Custer County Sheriff and Search and Rescue have created trigger lines on Argyle Road and before Hot Springs, as has the West side of Pringle. Fire crews from surrounding cities and counties, including other Search and Rescue teams have been called in to help.
The main concern is homes and structures ahead of the fire. Crews are working to evacuate people well above the fire line. Crews are also in the processes of creating burnout and bulldozer lines in hopes of stopping the fire.
A Type 1 team will take control today and personnel is estimated at 300 fire fighters, with more on the way. An emergency shelter has been set up in Custer and Hot Springs.
Keep checking back for information regarding the Myrtle Fire.
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