Burn, baby, burn…piles in the snow this winter!
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The winter months bring an opportunity to get rid of excess brush and limbs that could be extra dangerous in the summer and fall. With proper permits and precautions, burn piles can be set ablaze safely.
The Rapid City Fire Department prepares and ignites burn piles within city limits, but they also offer permits to property owners who want to get rid of slash piles on their own land.
The first step is to head down to the department and fill out a burn permit with the Battalion Chief. Once the permit is obtained, and the conditions are safely snowy, there are three phone calls that need to be made before setting the fire, as Division Chief of Fire Operations with RCFD Brian Povandra explains.
“The call list includes one to any of your neighbors, that might be affected by the smoke or just to let them know what’s going on in the area. One to our dispatch, giving them the burn permit number and letting them know that you’re going to burn the pile, and one to back down here to our Battalion Chief that’s on duty.”
The best time to light a burn pile is when there’s plenty of snow on the ground, and maybe even falling from the sky, too, if possible. Those with permits can be held responsible for any fire that escapes from the permitted area, so officials advise keeping an extinguisher on hand at all times.