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SD Firefighters Make Wildfire Protection Guide

Published: August 13, 2012, 8:27 AM

SD Firefighters Make Wildfire Protection Guide

Firefighters in southeastern South Dakota's Yankton County are distributing a guide to help homeowners protect themselves against wildfires.

The move comes after a recent fire put two homes in danger. Deputy Fire Chief Larry Nickles says that he has never seen it so dry. The U.S. Drought Monitor shows that the region is in extreme drought.

Nickles put together the wildfire protection guide. It's being distributed to area residents this week through a local shopper publication. Tips range from vegetation management to garden hose placement.

Officials also plan to post a dozen signs around the county saying "Please Use Your Ashtray." Authorities believe a cigarette was the cause of the Aug. 5 fire that threatened the homes.

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