ROSEBUD, S.D. — Firefighters desperate for a break in the excruciating heat while battling wildfires on the Rosebud Indian Reservation are looking forward to temperatures in the low 90s.
The so-called cold front is expected to hit Wednesday. State Fire Meteorologist Darren Clabo says he hopes it’ll help calm the flames that have engulfed more than 7,500 acres of reservation land since late last week.
Lightning strikes started numerous fires on the reservation. Rosebud Sioux President Rodney Bordeaux has declared a state of emergency and requested state and federal aid.
The fires are among several dotting the state. One near Edgemont is similarly sized, having burned more than 11 square miles. Another in the Black Hills has scorched about 16 square miles. Recent drought conditions have helped fueled the blazes.