High winds coming, fire crews on their toes - KOTA Territory News

High winds coming, fire crews on their toes

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Even though it's late in the season extreme fire dangers still exist across the area, and with high winds expected Wednesday and Thursday, the danger is critical.
 
 
Jim Strain, Assistant Chief of Operations with South Dakota Wildland Fire says people need to be aware of the risks and take necessary precautions.

And KOTA Territory Meteorologists are forecasting winds of 30 to 60 miles per hour with higher gusts.

Strain says with those winds, large and fast moving fires are possible, especially in the dry grasses of the prairie.
 
"People need to be really cautious about any use outside, any mechanical use, anything that could start a fire outside the next 24-48 hrs across South Dakota with these high winds that are forecasted," says Strain.
 
And with extreme winds expected to move into KOTA Territory Wednesday fire crews are on a heightened state of alert.

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