UNDATED – (DRG News) Presho Firefighters had another busy few days after they responded to fires Thursday night and Friday. Fire Chief Donny Manger says the department was told of a fire on Thursday night about 7:30 p.m., located five miles west and 13 south of Presho. He says the fire started when a bearing went out in a baler, which was working in a hay field. The fire burned about 50 acres of windrows and cut grass in addition to about one hundred hay bales. The department was at that fire until about midnight Thursday.
On Friday, Presho fire crews were told of a fire at an unoccupied farmstead about 13 miles north of Presho. He says they spent about four hours Friday morning working to put the blaze out. They had to return to the scene during the noon hour Friday and were there until about 9:30 p.m. The fire burned three trailers, four sheds, two tractors, some old vehicles and an old school bus. There is no estimate of dollar loss. It’s thought that the fire started when an electrical line that leads into the farm yard shorted out.
Murdo firefighters put out a grass fire about five miles south of town on Saturday. Fire Chief Rich Sylva says they were contacted about the blaze just before seven p.m. It burned about 8 ½ acres just off Highway 83 on the east side of the road. Sylva says about ten minutes before Murdo responded to its fire call, White River firefighters were told of a similar call along Highway 83 north of White River. Sylva says the cause of the two blazes could be connected. He says that fire burned to the Little White River. Those crews near White River were assisted by helicopters and hand crews that had been at the Longhorn Fire on the Rosebud Reservation. Several other departments also responded to the grass fire in the White River area.
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