Fire problems persist in Rapid City after July 4th celebrations

RAPID CITY, S.D. – After a firework-filled 4th of July – in which crews from throughout the Black Hills responded to 42 grass and brush fires – the calls continued Wednesday for a number of area agencies, including the Rapid City Fire Department.

The RCFD responded to a pair of blazes – the first at around 1 p.m. in the 300 block of East Adams Street. Crews quickly contained the fire, which burned in close proximity to an apartment complex. According to RCFD Public Information Officer Lt. Jim Bussell, the quarter-acre fire was human-caused, but the specifics are under investigation. No injury or structure damage was reported.

Just minutes after containing the first flare-up, the RCFD were called to the Elks Golf Course at around 2 p.m. for a grass fire threatening outdoor structures. One outbuilding was destroyed by flames, and an electrical box suffered significant damage. Black Hills Energy crews arrived on scene a short time later to assess the damage and ensure that the box did not present an additional hazard for fire crews. 

No injuries were reported. 

The RCFD is reminding the public that as post-holiday celebrations continue, using fireworks responsibly is of the utmost importance. Extreme heat and dry conditions are extremely hazardous should a fire start.