UNDATED – (DRG News) Area firefighters spent last night and the early morning hours responding to a handful of lightning caused fires. Two of the fires had to be put out by fire crews and Mother Nature’s rains helped dampen the others.
The Fort Pierre Fire Department was contacted about two fires on Bad River Road, near the Turner Ranch about eleven Monday night. Fire Chief Rick Cronin says those fires were put out by rain. About the same time, crews were notified of three other spot fires about ten miles south of Fort Pierre on Highway 83. Firefighters were not able to find the fires, and Cronin says its likely rain showers extinguished them before they arrived. Early this morning, about 1:20 a.m., Cronin says a fire was reported west of Fort Pierre about 12 miles. He says that fire burned grass in an area that didn’t receive rain. Firefighters were at the scene until about 3:30 a.m. this morning and 100 acres of grass burned in that fire. No buildings or haybales were threatened there. As firefighters mopped up at the scene of that fire, some of the responders were sent to the site of a tree on fire west of Fort Pierre, just off the highway. Firefighters were able to extinguish that fire.
The Pierre Rural Fire Department was also dispatched to a fire call near the Farm Island entrance. Fire Chief Jason Roggow says it’s assumed that the grass fire was started by a lightning strike and was put out by rain before trucks arrived. Roggow says they were not able to find any flames, but remained in the area for a short time to ensure the grass didn’t re-ignite.
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