The Rapid City Fire Department, Parks Department, Northwestern Engineering Company, and private landowners in the Kingswood Subdivision are joining together to create a fire resistant neighborhood.
Heavy tree growth, which creates fuel for fire, in the Kingswood Drive area is being mitigated for wildfire safety as part of Rapid City's Survivable Space Initiative.
Passersby can see the tree thinning process underway.
Northwestern Engineering (NWE), a rental company that owns 33 acres adjacent to the Kingswood neighborhood, is taking the lead on the project at a cost of about $60,000.
Rapid City Fire Lieutenant Tim Weaver said the cooperation by NWE and other private landowners will go a long way in preventing wildfire.
"What that does is, it opens up the tree canopy so that the fire can't carry on that canopy and we're reducing the later fuels. We're getting rid of the later fuels or surface fuels on the ground so we can stop that fire from getting from the ground to the tree top," Weaver said.