The state wildfire meteorologist for South Dakota anticipates a slower than average wildfire season this year.
A wetter than average spring and summer are forecast for 2019. But even two weeks of dry weather and above average temperatures could change that during peak fire season months.
Expect a fire season much like last years… or even less.
Statewide, about 5,000 acres caught fire last year. That’s below ten percent of the acreage burned the preceding three years.