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Firefighters nearing 100 percent containment in Perkins County fire


A fire that blazed through parts of Northern South Dakota is almost completely out, according to state fire officials.    

Firefighters say on Wednesday, during a routine prescribed burn, flames got out of control near Lemmon and engulfed more than 10,000 acres of the Grand River National Grasslands.

At its largest point, fire containment required 60 personnel, 18 fire engines, and two water tanks.

One third of the crew was still needed on Saturday to put out the flames.

According to fire officials, the fire should be completely contained as of Saturday night.   

"It was 90 percent as of last night, and just as a guess probably about 95 percent right now," said McKenzie Ranger District Assistant, Oscar Knudtson. "There's one small area of concern that they're keeping their eye on."

Knudtson added that fire officials were finishing a part of the controlled burn when it got out of hand.

He says things like this rarely happen.

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