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Five fire departments responding to blaze at Tabor Recreation Area

TABOR -- Five fire departments responded to a blaze Friday that spread at the Tabor Recreation Area, a state park in Bon Homme County. According to Tabor Fire Chief Ken Carda, approximately 600 to 800 acres of pastureland covered in cedar trees w...

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Officials work the scene of a fire Friday at the Tabor Recreation Area in Bon Homme County. (Photo courtesy of Denelle Dvorak)

TABOR - Five fire departments responded to a blaze Friday that spread at the Tabor Recreation Area, a state park in Bon Homme County.

According to Tabor Fire Chief Ken Carda, approximately 600 to 800 acres of pastureland covered in cedar trees were burned by 9 p.m. Friday. No cause has been determined, and Carda said there have been no injuries reported or structures that have caught fire.

Carda said the search for the source of the fire will likely begin in the daylight hours on Saturday. On Friday night, Carda had ruled out two potential causes of the fire.

“It obviously wasn’t an act of Mother Nature,” Carda said. “We’ve got no lightning and there wasn’t any electrical arc because there’s nothing electrical down that way.”

The Tabor Recreation Area rests on the north side of the Missouri River on Lewis and Clark Lake. There is a campground in the area, but Carda said there is no electrical service at the campground.

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“Someone has set it, but we don’t know who and we don’t know how yet,” Carda said. “That’s something we’re going to have to try and figure out.”

Carda estimated 50 to 55 firefighters were on scene Friday from Tabor, Yankton, Lesterville, Tyndall and Springfield.

“As of now, we have it contained and it has slowed tremendously because the wind has slowed,” Carda said Friday afternoon. “We’ve surrounded the fire, but there are a lot of areas that are by the bluffs that we cannot get a pickup to. So we have to let some areas burn and try to contain it where we can.”

Carda said the original fire was called to dispatch around 1:20 p.m. Friday, asking whether there was a controlled burn in the area. He said it started in the Tabor Recreation Area and continued to the Bon Homme Colony property.

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