- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

GETTYSBURG, S.D. (AP) - Officials have closed several highways in Potter County due reduced visibility caused by flare-ups from a large grass fire northeast of Gettysburg.

Transportation officials say Highway 212 is closed from Gettysburg east to about a mile past the junction with Highway 47. Highway 47 is closed from the junction with Highway 20 south to Highway 212.

Officials are redirecting westbound Highway 212 traffic onto a county road at Seneca north to Highway 20. The public is asked to stay away from the area and find an alternate route until further notice.

Crews are continuing to battle hot spots on the fire than began Wednesday north of Highway 212 between Gettysburg and Lebanon that continues to be fueled by strong winds.

The 8-square-mile blaze was started by a tractor fire.

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