Dry Conditions Increase Risk In Fires When Shooting Fireworks


Dry conditions in the Black Hills are keeping fire officials busy this holiday weekend with a grass fire on Skyline Drive. 

While the department is unsure of the cause, they are asking everyone to be careful with fireworks this holiday.  

A fire burned more than one acre in Rapid City near Dinosaur Park. Dry conditions fueled the flames.

“It is increasingly hot, it is increasingly dry, the lighter fuels, like the grasses, those are drying out,” Jim Bussell, Rapid City Fire Department said.

With dry conditions in the Black Hills, the fire department urges you to use caution if you decide to shoot off fireworks.

“You need to make sure you have some form of suppression equipment available, a garden hose, a fire extinguisher, something along those lines in case things get out of hand,” Bussell said.

For some people, buying fireworks is an annual tradition. Brittany Trainer says she shoots them off every year, but she knows to be aware of her surroundings. 

“You always want to be safe when you’re doing it, you don’t want to burn anything down, or start any fires that are unnecessary so always make sure you put the fireworks in a safe spot where,” Trainer said.

It’s also important to remember what to do with the fireworks at the end of the night.

“When you dispose of them do not just put them in the garbage can and park the garbage can next to your house. They need to be soaked in a bucket of water to make sure they are cold and they are out,” Bussell said.

So if you decide to light up your fireworks, make sure it doesn’t end up starting a fire.

“Things can fly off and you don’t know, just always want to be safe and prepared when you’re doing it,” Trainer said.

Bussell adds you can’t shoot off fireworks in the Black Hills Fire Protection District. They have a list of the allowed places on their Facebook page. 

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