YANKTON, S.D. (AP) - The Yankton Fire Department in 2012 had its busiest year in more than a decade.
Deputy Fire Chief Larry Nickels says volunteer firefighters responded to 250 calls, up from 231 the year before and the most since 2000.
The Daily Press & Dakotan newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/Wpu7jQ ) that grass fires were a big reason for the high number of calls. Southeastern South Dakota has been mired in "exceptional" drought, the worst drought category on the U.S. Drought Monitor map.
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