The U.S. Drought Monitor has Minnehaha County along with most of southeastern South Dakota listed as being in a “Severe Drought”.

At Tuesday's Minnehaha County Commission meeting commissioners unanimously voted to pass a burn ban in the county.

The guidelines for the Minnehaha Country Burn Ban includes the following provisions:

  • People are not allowed to do open burns such as ditches and brush piles.
  • The burn ban doesn’t affect fire pits or enclosed barrels that are covered.
  • The ban doesn’t include incorporated cities within the county.
  • The burn ban is in effect until the county commissioner chairperson decides.

There are several counties that have issued burn bans over the last few weeks due to the drought.

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At this time Minnehaha, McCook, Lincoln, and Turner Counties in Southeastern South Dakota all have burn bans.

The National Weather Service in Sioux Fall says there is a chance we could see some precipitation in this week's forecast...

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy through mid-morning, then gradual clearing, HIGH +77.

Thursday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 1 pm. Partly sunny, HIGH +81.

Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1 pm. Partly sunny. HIGH +84.

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, HIGH +77.