- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Department of Agriculture says burn permits within the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District will not be issued until Nov. 1.

Ag officials say that although some areas in western South Dakota saw considerable snow accumulations over the weekend, the temperatures in the forecast will quickly melt the required soil moisture for a burn.

A record-breaking winter-like storm dumped more than a foot of snow in the Black Hills over the weekend. It broke daily snowfall records in Rapid City on both Saturday and Sunday.

The department says the district is still at risk for escaped fires because of the critical fire danger conditions that the area saw before the snow storm.

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