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Homeowners do their part to prevent wildfires in the Black Hills; Fire-Wise Day

Regular citizens in the Black Hills are doing their part to help fire fighters prevent fires.

Saturday was a ‘Fire-Wise’ day for two Rapid City communities. Being a ‘Fire-Wise Community’ means homeowners recognize that their area is a wildfire threat, so they actively take steps to prevent fires.

Saturday, people cleaned up their brush and set it out to be chipped. “Communities really need to realize that we can't do everything ourselves; the fire fighters can't do it all alone,” says Lieutenant Tim Weaver.  “To really mitigate the risk for wildfire, communities have to do their part before the fire starts.”

George Larson, president of the Chapel Valley Association, says the area is renewing its status as a Fire-Wise Community. He says in the past few years, more fire hydrants were placed, an emergency water tank was established, and homeowners have gotten rid of shake-shingles.

This year, Chapel Lane joins Chapel Valley as a Fire-Wise Community. “They have been working with us and with the fire department to do what we have done in the last four years,” said Larson. “They've cut down over 200 trees so far just in the past two weeks.”

For more information about becoming a Fire-Wise Community, contact the Rapid City Fire Department at 394-4180 and ask to speak with Lt. Tim Weaver.

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