Forest Service at fault for Pautre Fire: Ranger apologizes
HETTINGER -- In a meeting with nearly 100 farmers and ranchers from here to Lemmon, S.D., the U.S. Forest Service on Saturday claimed responsibility for the Pautre Fire that scorched thousands of acres of grassland between Wednesday and Friday.
"The Forest Service is extremely regretful that the fire escaped the containment lines," Grand River District Ranger Paul Hancock said during the public meeting at the North Dakota State University Research Center in Hettinger.
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