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Warning: Fireworks displays could spark wildfire

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If you plan on ringing in the new year with a blast, fireworks to be exact, you need to consider the extreme drought conditions most of South Dakota is in.

The South Dakota Division of Wildland Fire and the Rapid City Fire Department wants people to to take extra precautions to prevent wildfires during the holiday weekend. Most of western South Dakota is in extreme or exceptional drought conditions and the grassland areas still remain dry.  This increases the danger of possible wildland fires.

Although in the last several days there has been some snow fall and moisture, state grasslands are still far behind normal. The possibility of firework displays causing fast moving wildfires in the grasslands has increased significantly for this time of year.

State Wildland Fire Division Director Jay Esperance asks that everyone use extreme precautions when they are shooting fireworks.

Fireworks are allowed Dec. 28 through Jan. 1.  However, there are rules you need to be aware of, such as the fact that fireworks a re prohibited within the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District and any municipality.

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