- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota is seeing some welcome rain this week but officials say residents should still be cautious of the unusually dry spring conditions.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Matt Bunkers says western South Dakota is expected to see anywhere from a quarter to three-quarters of an inch of rain between Tuesday night and Thursday morning. Parts of East River saw precipitation Tuesday morning.

Bunkers says the rain will help alleviate some of the region’s recent dryness but says residents should still be cognizant as dry conditions return.

The state agriculture department urged residents on Tuesday to be cautious with fire around the Black Hills.

The department says residents should take precautions like not driving or parking a vehicle in dry grass and making sure cigarette butts are properly extinguished.

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