UPDATE — Officials say two large grass fires over the weekend that sent smoke over Rapid City were not accidental.

A fire in north Rapid City burned Sunday evening in about the same spot that a grass fire broke out Saturday night. Fire department spokesman Jim Bussell tells KOTA-TV someone intentionally set a fire to burn some hazardous fuels. Both fires burned about three to five acres. There were no injuries.


RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Officials say the causes of two large grass fires over the weekend that sent smoke over Rapid City are under investigation.

Fire Lt. Jim Bussell says the fires are believed to have started by humans, but whether it was accidental or intentional remains under investigation.

Firefighters on Sunday evening responded to a fire in the same area of a wildfire Saturday night.

Bussell said Monday both fires burned about 3½ acres. He says firefighters responding to Sunday's fire conducted a "burn out" in which additional brush was set on fire within the containment area to improve aesthetics, among other things.

Information from: KOTA-TV, http://www.kotatv.com

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