Air quality alert issued for West Rapid City through Friday morning

RAPID CITY, S.D. — An air quality alert for dust has been issued for Rapid City from 6 p.m. Wednesday until noon Friday.

The alert, for Rapid City west of The Gap, was issued Wednesday afternoon by the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources and relayed by the National Weather Service.

The city’s Air Quality Office recommends the elderly, young, and anyone with respiratory problems to avoid excessive physical exertion and exposure to the outside air during the alert period.

Northwest winds will increase early Wednesday evening 30 to 45 miles per hour with gusts over 60 miles per hour. The strong winds will continue Thursday with gusts around 70 miles per hour possible, and will diminish Friday morning.

The strong winds will suspend fine dust in the air over west Rapid City, producing poor air quality.

Voluntary actions to reduce dust pollution include ceasing or reducing the manipulation of soil in construction, industrial and agricultural activities, and increasing the use of pollution controls for soil stabilization, waste pits, stock piles and construction sites.

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