Time to get rid of those Christmas Trees

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) The holidays have been officially over for more than a week, but is your Christmas tree still up?

If it is, you might want to get rid of it. In the United States, nearly %40 of fires involving Christmas trees occur in January. The longer the tree is up, the higher the flammability is as it continues to dry out. And the dryer the tree, the faster it burns. In Rapid City there are some options to getting rid of your Christmas tree.

"Well we have a couple different locations to take your Christmas trees you can take them over to Fitzgerald stadium parking lot are to the West Boulevard North off Anamosa service road there is a drop off location,” said Beth-Anne Ferley, sustainability coordinator at the Rapid City Landfill, “the same locations where you usually take your yard waste. We also have at the landfill, the entrance to the land fill, a 24/7 lighted secure facility where you can also bring your Christmas tree."

According to the National Fire Protection Association, although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are likely to be more serious.