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Tabor Rec Area Fire

South Dakota Department of Agriculture

News Release





For Immediate Release: March 14, 2016

Media Contact: Jim Strain, 605.393.8114



Tabor Rec Area Fire


RAPID CITY, S.D. – A large wildfire in Bon Homme County, S.D., has burned approximately 350 acres according incident commander Ken Carda (SAHR-da). Carda reports that more accurate measurement of the fire this weekend has decreased acreage counts from initial estimates.


The fire was believed to have started around 1 p.m. Friday, March 11,on South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks lands along the Missouri River south of Tabor. The fire burned in rough country filled with dense cedar trees before being contained later that evening. Full control of the fire was finally achieved later in the weekend with no injuries or structures lost.


According to Carda, “Excellent teamwork from area volunteer fire departments and a local pilot made the difference in the safe containment of the fire in rugged terrain.” Carda further added that the “inaccessible country along the Missouri River called for an indirect control effort.”


The cause of the fire is still under investigation but lightning has been ruled out. Anyone having information about any activity in the Tabor Boat Launch area on Friday afternoon is asked to call the Bon Homme County Sheriff’s Office at 605.589.3942.


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