Slash piles will be burned in Rapid City, Custer State Park

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN/KOTA TV) - With the recent snow cover, conditions are good for several slash pile burning projects in Rapid City as well as Custer State Park.

In Rapid City, slash piles will be burned this week in Springbrook Acres and on M Hill.

The Springbrook Acres piles are on the western slope of the Skyline Drive ridge line above Springbrook Acres in Rapid City.

At the same time, the Rapid City Fire Department Veteran Wildfire Mitigation Crew will burn slash piles on the south side of M Hill in the Hanson-Larsen Memorial Park area.

The burns are part of wildland fire hazardous fuel reduction projects designed to reduce the possibility of catastrophic fires.

Smoke and flames will be visible near the projects, particularly on Sheridan Lake Road from the area of the Springbrook burning operation and on Omaha Street and in downtown Rapid City from the M Hill burning operation.

The RCFD along with Springbrook Acres will continue to monitor both areas in the days following the project. The fire department asks that people do not call 911 to report the burning piles.

Custer State Park and South Dakota Wildland Fire Division are burning hand piles created from thinning operations. Approximately 200 piles will be burned along Highway 16A from Stockade Lake to the junction of Highway 87.

The burning process will be ongoing as weather permits and smoke may be visible in the interior of the park near the locations listed above.

Firefighters and park staff will continue to monitor the area as appropriate.