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Grassfire erupts, close call for two Brandon homeowners

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For two homeowners in Brandon, luck was on their side.

Firefighters from Splitrock, Valley Springs and Brandon were called to a home south of McHardy Park for a grass fire that was spreading quickly. 

It spread over a two-three acre area, affecting two different properties.

That fire comes the same day Minnehaha County issues a burn ban for the serious drought conditions affecting much of the state.

From wind direction to moist bean fields and a quick response by firefighters, flames didn't get very far. But the people who own the property had no idea what to expect.

"Once it starts going, you don't know when it's going to stop. If there would have been more pasture or dry corn, it would have kept on going," Wixon said.

that's the scary part - because dry corn is everywhere - which is why the burn ban took effect.

"People don't realize how dry it really is and this will really help that. It becomes a criminal act now," Monte Albertson said.

Flames came dangerously close to so much on both properties including homes, an outbuilding and even some horses.

"It could have easily been the house and the building and they all go really fast," Mork said. "It kind of surprised me, but it didn't because it is so dry."

These burn scars are signs these neighbors aren't off the hook yet but say it's a good lesson for us all.

"The main thing is people don't burn. Once it gets away from you, it won't stop. It just goes like wildfire and that's exactly what happened here, it just took off," Terry Wixon said.

The exact cause has not been determined.

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