Flaming squirrel ignites grass fire

Spearfish Volunteer Fire Department crews work to extinguish a grass fire that started on a hillside on Miller Ranch along Colorado Boulevard Monday. A call came in at 11:23 a.m. that a fire was burning near some utility poles. Chief Travis Ladson said a squirrel had gotten shocked while touching the power lines, which caused the transformer to blow forcing the squirrel, which was on fire, to drop to the ground. Dubbed the “Dead Squirrel Fire,” crews had the blaze knocked down in 20 minutes. “We had a really good response and everyone did a good job,” Ladson said.

Pioneer photo by Heather Murschel

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