- Associated Press - Saturday, April 11, 2015

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Department of Agriculture Wildland Fire Division has stopped issuing Black Hills brush pile burning permits until November.

The agency says that because to the lack of moisture and some recent fires, it likely won’t issue permits on a case-by-case basis as it has in past years.

Over the past month, there have been several wildland fires that were sparked by embers from a brush pile.

Land owners with valid permits for campfires and burn barrels are not allowed to burn when the Black Hills Fire Danger is in the high category or above and when winds are 15 mph or greater.

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