Area fire departments come together to extinguish harvest fire

Jill Meier, Journal editor
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Valley Springs, Brandon and Garretson fire departments teamed up to keep Valley Springs’ rural landscape from burning up last week. Last week’s strong winds made it difficult for firefighters, who remained on scene for more than four hours. The fire started in a soybean field about a mile north of Wet Noses Boarding Kennel. For more photos, visit the photo gallery at
Valley Springs, Brandon and Garretson volunteer fire departments responded to a fire at about 2:30 p.m. Sept. 29, which was the result of fall harvest endeavors.
According to reports, the fire ignited in a soybean field about a mile north of Wet Noses Boarding Kennel, which is located at 48666 262nd Ave. in rural Valley Springs. Strong winds that day made it challenging for firefighters to stop the fire from spreading to an adjacent corn field and the boarding kennel. The fire came within 50 yards of the kennel, according to Wet Noses owner Connie Pruner.
Pruner was in Sioux Falls when she was notified about the fire. She described the “extra dry and windy” conditions as “the perfect storm.”
Beaver Creek, Minn., farmer Burdette Braun said he lost about 13 acres of the 45-acre corn crop as a result of the fire. Braun said it’s unknown what initially sparked the fire while Todd Dawley was combining beans in an adjacent field. The vegetation fire generated thick smoke, which firefighters said made it difficult to fight. Strong winds carried embers into town and a thick cloud of smoke hovered over the city of Valley Springs.
“Now the biggest concern is there’s still a lot of corn on the ground,” Braun said.
Pruner, who’s operated Wet Noses for 11 years, said she was fortunate to have just eight dogs in the boarding kennel that day.
“Normally, there would be 30 to 40 dogs,” she said.
The Sioux Falls Humane Society brought eight portable kennels to Wet Noses for temporary keeping. Pruner also placed her own dogs in three vehicles, which were parked along the highway.
Other than burned ground and smoke, no damage was done to the kennel itself.
Pruner said fire fighters remained on scene until about 6 p.m.


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