Use caution when shooting fireworks in dry conditions

The South Dakota Division of Wildland Fire Suppression is asking everyone to take extra precautions to prevent wildfires over the holiday weekend. The possibility of fireworks displays causing fast moving wildfires has increased significantly for this time of year because of warm, dry conditions and lack of recent moisture. The grassland fire danger is expected to be in the high or above category.

 State Wildland Fire Coordinator Joe Lowe is asking residents and visitors to the state to use extreme precautions when they are shooting fireworks. The purchase and discharge of fireworks is prohibited within the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District and many municipalities

This is the first year for a new law that allows for the sale and discharge of fireworks from December 28 through January 1.

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