FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Fort Pierre firefighters were assisted yesterday with putting out a grass fire that burned near the Rifle Range north of Fort Pierre Monday. Fort Pierre Fire Chief Rick Cronin says the fire was reported about 3:30 p.m. yesterday. He says his department asked for mutual aid in putting out the fire from the Pierre Rural Fire Department, as they discovered the fire was burning in grass and trees in rough terrain when they arrived at the range. Cronin says crews were at the scene of the fire for about 4 ½ hours Monday. Other agencies that assisted Fort Pierre and Pierre Rural with the fire were the Corps of Engineers-which brought a fire unit to the scene; the City of Fort Pierre and Morris Inc. which provided water tankers; and the Fort Pierre National Grasslands offered one of its firefighting units and some manpower. The Stanley County Sheriff’s Office and South Dakota Highway Patrol also were at the scene of the fire early on to provide traffic control. The blaze shut down the rifle range while the flames were being fought. Cronin says one firefighter suffered a minor injury and received a slight burn on his hand. He went to the hospital on his own to be treated. The fire burned about ten acres of grass and trees. The cause of the fire was undetermined as of Monday evening and Cronin says the blaze remains under investigation.
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