2 injured fighting Neb. fire

2 injured fighting Neb. fire

07 October 2011

published by www.omaha.com

USA — Crews in the Dakotas continue to battle wildfires as hot, dry and windy conditions persist.

A blaze on the Todd County-Tripp County line in South Dakota has grown to about 20,000 acres. A fire burned about 650 acres of cropland in Sully County on Wednesday. And a Kennebec firefighter suffered smoke inhalation and minor burns battling a blaze in Lyman County.

Damage to sunflower and cornfields is estimated in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Meanwhile, in a separate wildfire, two Yankton, S.D., firefighters were injured fighting a field fire in Nebraska’s Cedar County. They were reported in good condition after receiving medical attention.

In North Dakota, Emmons and Billings Counties have declared burn bans.

The National Weather Service says a “red flag” fire danger warning remains in effect for much of the Dakotas.

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