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Please check this link for the current Grassland Fire Danger Index for Rapid City

All outdoor burning is prohibited, to include outdoor appliances such as chimineas, fire places, recreational fires, fire pits, etc., when the Grassland Fire Danger Index rating is Very High or Extreme, as declared by the National Weather Service. The ban is automatically suspended when the Fire Danger Index is below the Very High category, and again enacted upon the elevation to Very High or greater.Typical cooking appliances such as LP gas fire appliances remain acceptable during a ban. 


South Dakota Grassland Fire Danger Map

Most fire stations have signs for the Fire Danger as determined by the National Weather Service or you can look on the Naitonal Weather Service website we use to determine our fire danger.

On the map on the website, Pennington County is separated by a curved line. Rapid City is in the Pennington County section to the West of the curved line and to the East of the Black Hills National Forest.

View the current South Dakota Grassland Fire Danger Map by clicking on the map left or clicking here



For information on backyard burning, please click here.
If you desire to burn yard debris, have a bon fire, or similar large fires, you will need a permit and approval the day you burn. Please click here to download a permit with instructions
Check this link for the current burn restrictions for other areas of the Black Hills
Any questions may be directed to the Prevention Division at 394-5233.