Fire From The Sky

Thursday’s major field fire north of Yankton (above), which started when a combine was harvesting a cornfield, came back for a reprise Friday when the fire re-ignited in some trees north of 304th St. (Utica Oil) at about 1 p.m. (right). According to Yankton Assistant Fire Chief Larry Nickles, it’s believed that some sparks jumped a 50-foot barrier created by a tractor disc and re-ignited near some cedar trees. Yankton firefighters handled the call, with firefighters from Lesterville on standby. The Thursday blaze, shown above in a photo taken by Dave Tunge of Dakota Aerials, was about two miles long, Nickles said, with preliminary estimates suggesting it may have burned from 800-1,000 acres. Fire crews were on the scene for more the six hours Thursday, and Friday’s work saw them on the scene for two more hours. Deputies from the Yankton County Sheriff’s Office were also on hand Friday.

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