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Land owners urged to ensure burned brush piles are extinguished


RAPID CITY, S.D. (KELO-AM) – The South Dakota Wildland Fire Division (SDWF) is urging landowners who have recently burned brush piles to be vigilant about monitoring them to ensure that they are completely extinguished. 


 “We have issued a lot of burn permits in the last week,” said Jim Strain, SDWF chief of operations. “The probability of ignition is going to increase with the predicted warmer weather; it could result in some escapes.”


 Since its implementation on Dec. 1, 2005, our web-based Burn Permit Program has issued 30,000 burn permits. For more information on burn permits, please visit SDWF’s website at http://sdda.sd.gov/wildfire-suppression/burn-permits-faqs/ or follow us on Twitter (@SDWildlandFire) or on Facebook (SD Wildland Fire).


 Agriculture is South Dakota's No. 1 industry, generating more than $21 billion in annual economic activity and employing more than 122,000 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 athttp://sdda.sd.gov or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.