- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota officials are asking people who will participate in this fall’s hunting season to be diligent in preventing and detecting fires.

South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department officials say grass and woody plants will become more combustible as they freeze and dry.

Officials say some parts of western South Dakota have an elevated fire danger. They add that many other parts of the state that started out with plenty of rain are currently dry.

Hunters are being encouraged to carry a cellphone with a list of emergency contacts, park vehicles in designated areas away from tall vegetation, camp only in designated camping areas and restrict the use of campfires.

Officials are also suggesting hunters to keep water, a bucket, shovel and other firefighting equipment in your vehicle.

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