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Land Owners Urged to Ensure Recently Burned Brush Piles are Extinguished

South Dakota Department of Agriculture

News Release


For Immediate Release: December 8, 2017

Media Contact: Jeni Lawver, 605.381.7232


Land Owners Urged to Ensure Recently Burned Brush Piles are Extinguished


RAPID CITY, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division is urging landowners, who have recently burned slash piles, to be vigilant about monitoring them to ensure that they have been completely extinguished. Smoldering material may continue to burn days after ignition. 


“We have issued a lot of burn permits in the last week. The probability of ignition is going to increase with the predicted warmer weather; it could result in some piles escaping,” stated assistant chief of operations Jim Burk. 


For more information and frequently asked questions, please visit the South Dakota Wildland Fire website at http://wildlandfire.sd.gov/burnpermits/burnpermits.aspx. South Dakota Wildland Fire can be found on Twitter and Facebook.


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