User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


71° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Devastating Wildfire Risk High In Rapid City

July 9, 2012, 10:01 PM by Derek Olson

Devastating Wildfire Risk High In Rapid City
RAPID CITY, SD -

The Black Hills are seeing a bit of a reprieve after a string of destructive wildfires in the area.  But that doesn't mean people there are breathing easy.  That's because Rapid City could be at risk for devastation similar to what happened recently in Fort Collins and Colorado Springs, where hundreds of homes were burned.

"It was just devastating to watch on TV, and to think that we could potentially be next.  That's not a chance that we wanted to take," Rapid City homeowner Vicky Kirkeby said.

A new map from the Rapid City Fire Department shows the areas within the city that are at risk for catastrophic wildfires.

"What we have is a build up of fuel and a build up of structures.  And that combination usually lends itself to big, big problems for fire departments across the country," Rapid City Fire Department Lt. Tim Weaver said.

Now the city is encouraging homeowners to clean up the fuels that have been accumulating on their properties.  But it's a job that can be expensive.

"No, this is not cheap work.  It's something that people really need a helping hand with otherwise they probably wouldn't be doing it and we could end up like Colorado," Kirkeby said.

City and state grants are helping homeowners pay for some of the costs associated with cleaning up their property.  But not all of the prevention efforts cost money.

"Simply cleaning out the debris, keeping it clean, keeping the grass back, get some separation, keep your gutters clean; all those things are simple and easy to do and in many cases free.  Those things go a long way toward helping your home survive a wildfire event," Weaver said.

"We've done so much over the last 40 years and it's so beautiful that we'd hate to see that swept away in a matter of a day, which could happen.  And it's not 'could' happen; if we don't do this it will happen," Kirkeby said.

It's also good to have an escape plan in place because of how quickly these fires can move.  For more information on how to protect your property from wildfires or how to participate in Rapid City's program visit Firewise.org, Fireadapted.org, or the Rapid City Fire Department's website.

Click on the picture below to see a larger image of the map from the Rapid City Fire Department.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







Sponsored

 


View news

You may also like

UPDATE: Body Found In Lake Madison

7/26/2015 5:54 PM

The Lake County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that the body of a woman has been found in Lake Madison.

Full Story
Sheriff IDs Woman Who Died At Lake Madison

7/27/2015 4:15 PM

A 25-year-old Sioux Falls woman died after she fell into Lake Madison on Sunday.

Full Story
Amber Alert Cancelled For Sioux Falls Boy

7/25/2015 10:59 PM

An Amber Alert issued Saturday night for a one-year-old child has been cancelled.

Full Story
Three Dead In Pipestone County Plane Crash

7/27/2015 6:20 AM

Authorities confirm that three died in a plane crash Monday night in southwest Minnesota.

Full Story
Lifeguard Rescues Girl From Sioux Falls Pool

7/28/2015 4:10 PM

An alert lifeguard pulled an unconscious child from Laurel Oak pool on Tuesday afternoon

Full Story


Events