Taking extra precautions can mean the difference between saving or losing your home.
That's why the Woodridge subdivision is one of several neighborhoods around the area that is now Firewise.
The program works to clear out anything that would add fuel to a fire.
Saturday, volunteers from both the Rapid City Fire Department and the community, teamed up to clean up the neighborhood.
Woodridge was classified as Firewise last year, but it takes yearly efforts to remove fuels to maintain that status.
Lieutenant Tim Weaver with the Rapid City Fire Department says many Rapid City communities will be working toward the firewise goal this summer.
"Anything that these residents can do as a community to help reduce the amount of fuel in here is going to greatly affect the fire behavior which is greatly going to help us incase we have a fire," says Weaver.
"We're in an urban area, an urban part of Rapid City, there are a lot of valuable homes up here. It does make the place look a lot nicer," says Dave Weidensee.
Weaver says they are also piling brush on the sides of roads which will be chipped for free by the city next week.