Playing it safe

The warm, dry conditions being experienced in southeast South Dakota have greatly increased the chances of outdoor fires – even on the University of South Dakota campus. Late Tuesday afternoon, USD students and employees noticed that the mulch covering the flowerbeds near Old Main was smoldering. Water was fetched and the potential for fire appeared to be abated, but to be safe, the Vermillion Fire Department was called to give the area a thorough dosing. The Vermillion area was under a "red flag warning" from the National Weather Service Tuesday because strong winds combined with low humidity created "an explosive fire growth potential." Firemen who responded to the flaming flowerbeds were unable to determine the fire's cause. (Photo by David Lias)

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