South Dakota Department Billed For Blaze

The costs have been calculated for an April fire that burned up to 1,500 acres near Tacoma Park and took six Brown County fire departments about a day and a half to extinguish.

"Really, this can't continue. We can't send out $100,000 fire trucks and spend 24 hours (fighting a fire) and get 300 bucks."

He recommends that all parties who stand to lose from fires - the insurance companies, policy owners and firefighters - sit down and try to work out a solution that will benefit all.

If necessary, legislative action could be taken, but Dennert said this would be a last resort.