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Military: Air tanker crashes fighting South Dakota fire

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(CNN) — A military air tanker crashed while fighting a wildfire Sunday, July 1st in southwest South Dakota, officials said.

The C-130 tanker crashed while fighting the so-called White Draw Fire burning near Edgemont, South Dakota, the military said in a statement.

“There are no details on the status of the aircrew available at this time,” the statement said.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

The wildfire has scorched 4,200 acres since it began Friday, according to InciWeb, a multistate fire response website. The fire, which is being fueled by dry brush and trees, is 30% contained. No homes were threatened, InciWeb reported.

The wildfire is one of many burning in western states, including Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada and Arizona.

It’s the second time within two months that an air tanker has crashed.

An air tanker crashed in mountainous terrain in western Utah on June 3, killing two pilots, authorities said.

The tanker was on its second run of the day fighting the White Rock Fire along the Nevada-Utah border. That fire, which began June 1, was 100% contained on June 9, fire officials said.

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