The Rapid City Fire Department and the City are addressing possible combustion issues due to large and/or wet debris disposal piles at the drop off sites. Internal temperatures are being monitored and are not hot enough at the time to combust. Piles need to be tightly compacted over a long period of time in order for enough heat to build up to cause combustion.
Piles that do pose a threat are being broken into smaller piles and are being chipped.
Steam may be coming off the piles and is considered natural.
Those living outside the Rapid City limits are encouraged to bring their piles to the drop-off sites at either the Central States Fairgrounds, Fitzgerald Stadium off of Sheridan Lake Road or the Civic Center Overflow Parking Lot off of 5th Street.
On Monday, October 21, the Central States Fairgrounds and Civic Center drop-off sites will be closed to the public. Fitzgerald Stadium will remain open.
Wood chips are now available free to the public. You will need to have a means of loading and hauling them on your own. They are available at the Jamie Johnson Pony League Ball Field at 1720 32nd Street between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.
The City asks that you not burn your yard waste.