A pair of fires north of the Interstate Thursday afternoon served as a staunch reminder of the impending fire season.
North Haines fire crews responded to two small grass fires that blackened small portions of a ditch running along 143rd Avenue.
The cause of the fires is not known but they did not threaten any structures and were quickly put under control.
Pennington County Fire Administrator Denny Gorton says with the mild weather, dry grass, and high winds, conditions are ideal for fires to quickly get out of control.
He's stressed that people need to be aware of current fire conditions and also when the county wide fire bans and red flag warnings are in effect, "Anytime the grassland fire danger is very high and above, as I said, today we are in the extreme and red flag, open burning is prohibited. Even though we aren't into the summer, that's still in effect right now.”
Gorton suggests residents looking to burn trash or slash piles to hold off until more moisture arrives. He also advises people to be attentive to weather conditions in the days before, and during the time you look to burn.