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South Dakota Observes Wildfire Awareness Month During May






For Immediate Release: April 26, 2016

Media Contact: Jeni Lawver, 605.381.7232


South Dakota Observes Wildfire Awareness Month During May


RAPID CITY, S.D.- Governor Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed May as Wildfire Awareness Month in South Dakota.


This goal is to raise awareness of the dangers of wildfires and how citizens can protect themselves and their communities from these potentially devastating events. Firefighters alone can’t protect property. Every citizen, especially those living in fire-prone areas, has an important role in preventing loss of life and property from wildfire events. Now is the time to take action, not when smoke is in the air.


This year's theme, “Do Your Part Before Wildfires Start,” encourages homeowners to take simple steps to reduce the impacts of wildland fire. By doing a few basic home maintenance items now, you can significantly increase the chance your home has to survive a wildfire without fire department intervention.


SD has also joined with eight other western states in a separate, multi-state proclamation.


Firewise information for the Great Plains can be found by visiting the Great Plains Fire Safe Council website at: www.gpfiresafecouncil.com.


During Wildfire Awareness Month, state, federal and local agencies are hosting events to raise awareness about wildland fire safety, preparedness, mitigation and prevention.


To learn more about South Dakota Wildland Fire Awareness Month and to see all our planned events, please visit our website: www.sdwildfireawareness.com.


South Dakota Wildland Fire can be found on Twitter @SDWildlandFire and on Facebook by searching SD Wildland Fire.


Agriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota’s economy, generating $25.6 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 115,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect, preserve and improve this industry for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at http://sdda.sd.gov or find us on Facebook and Twitter.