LEMMON, S.D. (AP) – The head of the Grand River Ranger District says engines and water tankers from fire departments across western South Dakota and western North Dakota have been helping to suppress a 22-square-mile fire in Perkins County.
Ranger Paul Hancock tells KBJM radio in Lemmon that the wind-driven fire grew rapidly Wednesday afternoon and “it has a lot of fingers to it.”
Hancock says there hasn’t been any significant growth on Thursday thanks to colder temperatures and higher humidity.
The U.S. Forest Service prescribed burn escaped containment lines southeast of Hettinger, N.D., on Wednesday. Some private property was burned over but no structure damage or injuries have been reported.
Hancock says the priority is the protection of life and property and getting it contained.
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