Weekend grass fire near Pelican Lake caused by fireworks

May 4, 2020

Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–Watertown Fire Rescue was dispatched to a grass fire near Pelican Lake and Fish Road Saturday afternoon.

The fire was started by persons illegally setting off fireworks near the lake.

The fireworks started grass and rushes on fire in a slough area. High winds caused the fire to spread rapidly.

There was a large downed cottonwood tree that was also involved.

Crews used a chainsaw to cut the tree into pieces and fully extinguish the fire. Fire crews were on scene for about one hour.

Police are investigating the incident to decided if citations will be issued.

PHOTO: Courtesy Watertown Fire Rescue