Murdo Firefighters Keep an Eye on Site of Large Grassland Fire That Burned Wednesday

Smoke from Fire


MURDO, S.D. – (DRG News) Firefighters have spent the past few days monitoring the scene of a fire that burned in Jones County last week. Murdo Fire Chief Rich Sylva says it was determined that the blaze burned 2,465 acres. The fire started last Wednesday in hay bales being hauled on a semi traveling on a Jones County road. It was spread by high winds and dry conditions and at one point, caused a section of I-90 to be closed for over an hour. Grassland, stubble fields and hundreds of bales of hay were lost. It also burned buildings at an abandoned farmstead and at another location-one shop building was lost. Sylva says firefighters patrolled the fire Thursday, Friday and Saturday and were called back to the fire site Sunday morning after smoke was seen. He says Murdo crews put out some hot spots that remained and stayed in the area to monitor the acreage in case it re-ignited. 60 fire trucks and 100 firefighters from at least 16 area departments helped Murdo put out last Wednesday’s blaze. No one was injured in the fast moving fire.

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