No snow means high fire danger in KOTA Territory - KOTA Territory News

No snow means high fire danger in KOTA Territory


The continued dry weather pattern has prompted South Dakota's Wildland Fire Team to issue a warning. With no snow on the ground, fire danger remains in the high category for much of KOTA Territory.

Unusually warm weather is expected Wednesday, dropping the relative humidity into the 25% range.

In addition, breezy Southwesterly winds are expected Wednesday night and Thursday.

Because these conditions create a perfect storm, Assistant Chief of Operations Jim Strain warns everyone to use extreme caution. "Right now this time of year our fires are human caused, either by hunting activities or agricultural activities or people just out in the forest driving ATV's or motorcycles or cars so we ask that people exercise caution," said Strain.

It's especially dangerous for piles to re ignite. Permit holders are reminded to use the back of their hands to feel the ashes.


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