Fire Ban issued for Rapid City due to extreme fire danger - KOTA Territory News

Fire Ban issued for Rapid City due to extreme fire danger

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The abnormally dry conditions have prompted the Rapid City Fire Department to issue a burn ban.

The department says the ban will be in place until the fire danger falls below the "very high" category.

As of Monday Rapid City was one level higher in the "extreme" danger level.

And Meteorologists are saying these warm dry conditions are discerning.

"It's pretty unusual to be seeing the first week in December, seeing the types of fuel conditions we are and the fire danger that goes with it. Just the severe to exceptional drought across the state of South Dakota, the fuels are there, they're ready and available to burn," says State Fire Meteorologist Darren Clabo.

All outdoor appliances including chimneys, fire places, and recreational fires are all banned. Gas fire grills and fires are still allowed.

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