- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) - Officials in Brookings County have declared a fire emergency because of dry air and no moisture in the region.

KELO-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1F6PrN0 ) the Brookings County Board of County Commissioners declared the emergency Thursday.

The state of emergency will go into effect on Friday and last until the board lifts it.

The emergency means all open burning will be banned in Brookings County.

Grass fires continue to flare up across the state as warm and dry conditions continue.

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