PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Firefighters were called yesterday to a grass fire east of Pierre. Pierre Rural Fire Chief Jason Roggow says crews were first contacted about the grass fire on Shady Place-about a mile and a half north of Highway 34-just after noon. On arrival, Roggow says firefighters found the blaze was burning in a pasture that was being hayed. He says some of the grass hadn’t been mowed yet, so there was lots of fuel for the fire. Assistance was provided in putting out the fire by the Pierre Rescue Squad, Fort Pierre National Grasslands fire units and the Fort Pierre Fire Department. Roggow also says Mid Dakota Rural Water System offered firefighters the use of a water tap near the blaze and Hughes County provided a truck with a water tank to help extinguish the fire. The blaze didn’t threaten any structures. It burned about 25 acres and firefighters were at the scene for about four hours. It’s believed a bearing went out on the haying equipment, which ignited the fire.
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