UNDATED – (DRG News) A few weekend fires in the area were fireworks related. A grass fire southwest of Agar yesterday afternoon resulted in a call to the Agar Fire Department. The Department’s Eric Falkenhagen says firefighters were called about 5:45 p.m. to a location about a 1 ½ miles southwest of Agar. He says the blaze was burning in grass on the edge of a Spring Wheat field. The wheat is still green and didn’t ignite. The homeowners had much of the grass fire put out when firefighters arrived, but Falkenhagen says they worked to make sure it wouldn’t reignite. The fire burned about a tenth of an acre and firefighters were at the scene about twenty minutes.
Meanwhile, another small fire that burned north of Pierre last night was also started by fireworks. The fire was reported just off Range Road in the road ditch. Jason Roggow of the Pierre Rural Fire Department says the blaze was put out in about ten minutes. He says the ditch had just been mowed and fireworks started both the cut and standing grass on fire. Later, the department went back out after being called to a grass fire in the Spring Creek area. Roggow says the blaze burned in an open-lot/grassy area near some residences. The structures were in close vicinity, but Roggow says they were not in immediate danger from the fire. That blaze was put down by local residents and firefighters and Roggow says it was caused by aerial fireworks.
In Fort Pierre Saturday, Fire Chief Rick Cronin says a fireworks caused blaze burned a five foot by five foot patch of grass. Firefighters were contacted about the blaze near the Verendrye Monument about 8:00 p.m. Saturday.
Roggow, Cronin and Falkenhagen stress that conditions are dry right now and those using fireworks should make sure to take precautionary measures.
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