Fire mitigation set back by early Oct. blizzard - KOTA Territory News

Fire mitigation set back by early Oct. blizzard


Fire mitigation projects in neighborhoods around the Black Hills have made progress in the past few months, but the storm in October caused a slight set back.   

At Mondays City Council meeting in Rapid City, Lt. Tim Weaver with the Rapid City Fire Department presented the most recent fire mitigation report.

The report showed that the Firewise program has reduced potential fuels for fire in several neighborhoods, but after the storm, Weaver will have to go back to some of those areas and clear brush once again.   

"What the storm did is create a lot of new storm damage and broke of a lot of trees," said Weaver. "So now consequently we have a lot of dead fuel on the ground or will be dead come summer time." 

Weaver says it's important to always keep fuels clear of your home, because it can save not only your property but your neighbors.

The Firewise program is a cost share program that people can sign up for if they need help with fire mitigation on their property.

For more information on the program, contact the Rapid City Fire Department.


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