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Officials: Grassland fire about 16 square miles

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LEMMON, S.D. (AP) - U.S. Forest Service officials say they've mapped the perimeter of a fire on the Grand River National Grasslands in the Dakotas and their new size estimate is just over 16 square miles.

Forest Service spokeswoman Babete Anderson says the agency is transitioning to a smaller fire organization with cooler temperatures and moisture in the forecast.

The fire spread Wednesday after a prescribed burn southeast of Hettinger, N.D., escaped containment. It has scorched 10,800 acres of rural land between the towns of Hettinger in North Dakota and Buffalo and Lemmon in South Dakota.

No injuries have been reported, but one farm building has been confirmed lost.

The Forest Service says it intends to compensate landowners for damage to fences, hay bales and anything else that has been affected.

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