Crews Spend Hours Working To Put Out Large Grass Fire

Around three dozen acres of a field near Tea are scorched in a grass fire.

The Tea Fire Department says the fire got out of control around 5:30 p.m. Thursday.  What fire officials believe happened was a farmer was burning some tree branches and debris in his pasture when the wind blew embers onto tall grass nearby in a marshy area near 272nd Street and 470th Avenue just east of Tea.  Windy and dry conditions fueled the flames and the fire grew.  At one point, a home nearby was threatened.  But, firefighters were able to put that section of the blaze out.  Tea Fire Department 1st Asst. Chief Steve Oberle says as of 10 p.m. Thursday the fire is out.  Crews are checking the field for any smoldering that could flare up in the cattails.  Tea firefighters should be able to leave the scene around 10:30 p.m.  Sioux Falls and Harrisburg firefighters assisted in putting out this fire and were called off the scene around 10 p.m.

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