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Fire Danger Remains High Even After Rain

December 30, 2011, 6:20 PM by Nicole Winters

Fire Danger Remains High Even After Rain
SIOUX FALLS, SD - Despite our recent rain, fire danger is still high this weekend.

Fire officials are worried that people planning to light off fireworks to ring in the New Year could cause some major damage.

Several grassfires have popped up over the last week and spread quickly.

Minnehaha County Emergency Manager Lynn DeYoung says people should take precautions and use common sense if they're using fireworks this weekend.

"We're not seeing an overload of incidents, but those incidents we do see because of how dry it is, they really have potential to grow fast and get out of control," DeYoung said.

DeYoung says the fire danger threat won't end after this weekend. He says weather patterns show us staying dry for a while so he reminds people to be cautious.

If you do decide to light fireworks, DeYoung recommends keeping a water bucket and fire extinguisher near by.

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