FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Fort Pierre firefighters had three fire calls over the weekend, starting with a fire on Friday night near the Oahe Dam’s Emergency Spillway. Fire Chief Rick Cronin says the fire department was told of a grass fire about a quarter of a mile from the Spillway on Friday night about 10:30 p.m. He says it burned a patch measuring 75 X 25 feet. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Cronin says firefighters stayed at the scene about an hour to make sure it was completely extinguished.
On Sunday, Cronin says the department was told of an air conditioner fire in a mobile home around mid afternoon. He says it was mostly out by the time the first few firefighters arrived at the scene.
Around 4:15 p.m., Cronin says a grass fire was reported on Verendrye Drive. Cronin says responders found that a transformer and power line were both on the ground when firefighters got to the scene of the blaze. Luckily, one resident had used a garden hose to protect a home that was threatened by the blaze, which helped save the structure. He says patch of grass was scorched by the fire and power was impacted for up to 15 homes in the vicinity of the faulty power source. Cronin says conditions were “horrible” between the wind and the heat. The firefighters auxiliary brought in ice water for the crews and Fort Pierre was assisted by fire units with the Fort Pierre National Grasslands. Firefighters were at the late afternoon fire call for about two hours.
Cronin advises people to be very careful with fire sources in the coming days. Conditions are very dry right now and he says fires can be sparked by vehicles, cigarettes or any such item. Cronin also suggests that people avoid open fires right now.
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