Slash piles to be burned in Rapid City

File photo of a previous Rapid City Fire Department burn operation on Skyline Drive. (photo courtesy Rapid City Fire Department)

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - The Rapid City Fire Department will burn slash piles in the M Hill/Hansen and Larsen Memorial Park area Thursday through Monday.

The burning operation depends on snow cover restrictions mandated by the department and will comply with Rapid City and Pennington County air quality ordinances and the Environmental Protection Agency’s air quality standards.

“These piles are being burned as a continuation of the wildland fire hazardous fuel reduction project in the M Hill area that has taken place over the past two years,” Fire Lt. Tim Weaver said.

Smoke and flames will be visible clearly from the area of the burning operation. Smoke may linger for several days after the piles burn down.

The RCFD will continue to monitor the area in the days following the project. The department asks that people do not call 9-1-1 to report the burning piles.

The fire department is also issuing burn permits to allow Springbrook Acres to burn slash piles on the western slope of the Skyline Drive ridge line, above Springbrook Acres.

Smoke and flames will be visible on Sheridan Lake Road. As in the case of the M Hill burn, the fire department asks that people do not call to report the burning piles.