- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 13, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has issued an emergency fire declaration for 13 counties.

The governor says the declaration allows state government services to be used as necessary to help the designated counties. It also calls for an air tanker plane to be stationed in Pierre.

The declaration is for Butte, Custer, Fall River, Haakon, Harding, Hughes, Jackson, Jones, Lawrence, Meade, Pennington, Perkins and Stanley counties.

Daugaard says widespread drought, low humidity and high temperatures have led to a serious fire hazard in those counties.

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