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ALTURAS — Fire-use restrictions will go into effect for the Modoc National Forest at 12 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23, according to a news release. Fire restrictions help minimize the chances of human-caused wildland fires. Modoc firefighters have contained three human-caused fires already this year.

Members of the Industrial Hemp Study Committee faced what they called a 180 degree turn when comparing previous experts’ information with presentations from the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and the S.D. Dept. of Public Safety. Committee members were also inundated with the reality that industrial hemp is coming across South Dakota, and originating from in-state reservations, no matter what.