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Dakotas Officials Warn Of Fire Danger In High Wind

October 16, 2012, 4:41 PM

RAPID CITY, SD -

Officials in South Dakota and North Dakota are warning people to guard against starting grass fires and forest fires as winds gusting up to 65 mph hit the two states Wednesday and Thursday.

The South Dakota Wildland Fire Suppression Division reports that the fire danger is expected to be extreme, with the strongest winds predicted for parts of western South Dakota. Chief Fire Management Officer Jim Strain says a fire would spread quickly under such windy conditions.

The North Department of Emergency Services says any burning will be extremely dangerous, and farmers should delay field work until conditions improve. The fire danger is predicted to be high in western North Dakota.

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