A fire at Farm Island Monday afternoon burned a small area used to store dead trees and firewood.

Jason Roggow, Pierre Rural Fire Department chief, said he suspected the cause might be some recently dumped fire pit ash.

“They take the embers from the camp fires from the camp grounds and they’ve got a location where they dump them,” he said. “We had indications from one of the employees here that it was done last night.”

It is suspected one of the embers blew out and lit the grass on fire.

In addition to some grass, the fire burned several wood piles, including a large one that was estimated to burn for hours.

Patrick Thompson, Game, Fish and Parks regional park supervisor said he suspected the same cause. He said he was grateful the fire didn’t spread much farther as there were several other large piles of dead trees and other shrubbery in the area.

There were no structures in the area, however some equipment was burned.

By 5 p.m., one firefighter reported a burn, but did not require medical attention.


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