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Grass fire chances during Fourth of July

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Today's the day you'll be hearing fireworks all night.

But the Sioux Falls Fire Rescue is ready in case it gets out of hand.

The firefighters said they came to work as normal today.

They are expecting a few more calls than average.

But they're breathing a little easier than years before.

We're finally getting some drier weather, but we're still talking about the rain, this time it's helping us out.

"This time of year we normally see an increase in grass fires and maybe some house fires depending on the time of the year," said Captain of Sioux Falls Fire Rescue Scott Anderson.

But he said this Fourth of July they're feeling better than previous years.

"This year we're a little less nervous with the actual grass fires. With the moisture that we've had this last month the grass fires should be down for today," he explained.

But just in case a fire breaks out they're ready now and later when the fireworks really get going.

"For example, tonight, Station 8 will be staging at the Fairgrounds for the fireworks that start about 9:45 or 10:00 o'clock tonight. So we do have some different trucks that stage in different areas depending on the time of day," he said.

He adds if there is a grass fire, it normally burns one to five acres.

"They're prepared with the fire engine and the wild land unit in case a grass fire does happen we're able to distinguish it before it gets out of hand," he added.

But they're hoping this holiday is a little more relaxing.

"We are relieved because a lot of times you get bystanders that don't understand the dry grass and the dangers. Just because it starts out as a grass fire, like today it's a little bit of a breezier day, it actually can push it toward a structure and cause a structure fire," he continued.

Cpt. Anderson added if you're lighting off sparklers or any fireworks, it's best to have a hose or a bucket of water nearby.

So when they're burned out you can put them in water and not in the garbage.

Because they're still hot even when they're done.

 

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