Rapid City solid waste crews are in the process of extinguishing a fire at the land fill that sparked last week.
The May 16 fire that started in the unprocessed yardwaste and is now 90 percent contained. Complete control and extinguishing of the fire is anticipated in the next two days, weather conditions permitting.
Efforts to extinguish the smoldering yardwaste piles have been hampered by strong winds that continued through Wednesday morning. To contain the fire completely requires equipment to dig out, water down, and mix the smoldering piles to extinguish all fires. Personnel were not able to begin the clean up process immediately due to the windy conditions and the need to maintain safe working conditions for City employees and equipment.
Residents are reminded that this is not a garbage fire, but yardwaste from residents and businesses separate from any landfill disposal. Yardwaste accepted by the City of Rapid City consists of branches, leaves, grass clippings, clean wood, and tree trunks.
All Landfill and Material Recovery Facility operations are functioning as normal, including the acceptance of garbage and yardwaste, although residents may be directed to other areas of the facility due to the smoke.
If you have any questions, please contact the Rapid City Solid Waste Department at 355-3496.
The smell of smoke and the white plume hovering over much of Rapid City is coming from a fire at the Rapid City Landfill.
According to a release from the Rapid City Fire Department, a fire in the yard waste recycling area at the landfill ignited around 12:30 a.m. Thursday. The pile is estimated at 150 yards by 50 yards.
Firefighters say the fire started toward the south end and quickly spread to the entire pile. The fire will be allowed to burn itself out while crews keep it contained to the yard waste area.
Fire officials are asking people to use caution when driving on Highway 79 and Catron Boulevard. Smoke conditions could reduce visibility.
The blaze is expected to produce smoke for the next few days.