- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 22, 2017

HAYWARD, S.D. (AP) - A wildfire that threatened up to 30 homes in western South Dakota has been contained and evacuation orders have been lifted.

Incident Commander Ray Bubb declared the fire 100 percent contained Wednesday morning. Two engines and two crews were left in the area to finish mopping up the fire that started Tuesday and had spread to over 33 acres of mostly private land near Hayward.

Investigators say the fire, dubbed the Pretty Flower Fire, sparked from a burning slash pile and spread because of dry, warm and windy conditions Tuesday morning. By late Tuesday afternoon the fire crews had begun to leave the fire as it was 75 percent contained.

Officials say all remaining work on the fire has been handed over to the South Dakota Wildland Fire Suppression team.

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