Noem declares state of emergency due to severe drought and dangerous fire conditions

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March 31, 2021

PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem has signed an Executive Order which declares a state of emergency through June 1st due to severe drought and dangerous fire conditions.

The executive order is in response to the numerous fire incidents occurring throughout the state. The order will allow the state to provide greater assistance to the response efforts of local and volunteer firefighters.

Governor Noem has spent the past two days overseeing the response to the Schroeder Fire outside Rapid City while monitoring other fire incidents.