RCFD Veteran Wildfire Mitigation Crew to burn slash piles on M Hill Thursday
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Rapid City Fire Department Veteran Wildlife Mitigation Crew will burn slash piles on M Hill adjacent to the Hanson-Larsen Memorial Park area on Thursday.
Smoke and flames will be clearly visible near M Hill, particularly on Omaha Street and in downtown Rapid City. Smoke may linger for several days after the piles burn down.
The RCFD will continue to monitor the area in the days following the prescribed burns, and are still monitoring the piles in Springbrook Acres following those fires.
Citizens are asked to please not call 911 to report the burning piles.
The burn is part of a thinning effort that has taken place in the area for several years to help reduce the likelihood of a catastrophic fire.
Additional ignitions will depend on snow cover restrictions mandated by the RCFD. The operation will be in compliance with Rapid City and Pennington County Air Quality Ordinances and the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s National Ambient Air Quality Standards.