(SD)-Wolf Fire Burns 5,000 Acres Near Wall
WALL, S.D. (AP) - Great Plains Fire Information says a fast-moving grass fire that began Friday just before noon northeast of Wall, SD, burned 5,000 acres before it was contained. One firefighter was injured, but no structures were damaged.
The Wolf Fire burned largely on the Wall Ranger District of the Fort Pierre National Grasslands, part of the Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands.
The fast-moving grass fire was spotted around 12:30 CT. Saturday and headed north toward toward the tiny town of Quinn...driven along by winds gusting to 50 mph.
At one point, it threatened Quinn and outlying structures, but Wall District Ranger Kurt Pindel says firefighters from the Forest Service, Pennington County, and at least 8 different volunteer fire departments got ahead of the fire to successfully remove the threat...although some residents voluntarily evacuated.
Pindel thinks the fire was human-caused, but gives no details. He warns residents of the general area that high fire danger - a Red Flag situation - will continue for the next several days, so he's asking for everyone's help to prevent wildland fires.
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