Landowners asked to ensure recently burned slash piles are extinguished

Slash piles are often set ablaze in winter, with the right precautionsRAPID CITY, S.D. — The state Wildland Fire Department issued a warning Wednesday a year after the devastating Schroeder Road Fire in Rapid City.

Officials are encouraging landowners who have recently burned slash piles to be vigilant in monitoring them and making sure they are completely extinguished.

South Dakota Wildland Fire Director Jay Esperance says smoldering material may continue to burn days after ignition and warmer weather can cause fires to restart.

And if a burned slash pile should escape and start a wildland fire, landowners or burn permit holders can be held financially responsible for all suppression costs within the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District.

For more information on burn permits, click here.

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