RCFD burning slash piles near M Hill

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The Rapid City Fire Department will burn slash piles in the M Hill/Hanson and Larsen Memorial Park area from Thursday-Monday.

The burning is a fuel reduction project and will depend on snow cover restrictions and comply with air quality standards.

“These piles are being burned as a continuation of the wildland fire hazardous fuel reduction project in the M Hill area that has taken place over the past 2 years.” said RCFD Lt. Tim Weaver. “This hazardous fuel reduction project exemplifies the Rapid City Fire Department’s desire to create fire resilient landscapes with in the city limits in areas that are at risk for catastrophic wildfire behavior.”

Smoke and flames will be clearly visible from Omaha Street.

Additionally, the RCFD will issue permits to Springbrook Acres, allowing them to burn slash piles in the Springbrook Acres common acreage area, located on the western slope of the Skyline Drive ridgeline.

“This is part of our Survivable Space Initiative, which helps landowners in Rapid City create fire-adapted landscapes on their property,” Weaver said

This burn will happen when snow cover allows. Smoke and flames will be clearly visible from Sheridan Lake Road.

For both of these operations, smoke may linger for several days after the piles burn down. The RCFD will continue to monitor the area in the days following the project. They ask that the public not call 911 to report the burning piles.

For more information, contact Weaver at 605-394-5233 or at 605-390-4114.

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