The sole purpose of a Wildland Fuels Mitigation Plan is to limit fire spread and limit loss within the Wildland Urban Interface, where wildland and development meet.
The Survivable Space Initiative works to create survivable spaces, meaning they are more likely to withstand a wildfire without intervention and direct protection by firefighters. During a large wildfire event, firefighting resources may not be able to protect all properties. Click here to learn more about this initiative.
Most homeowners are aware of their danger but need guidance and cost assistance. The Rapid City Fire Department works with the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and the local Great Plains Fire Safe Council to make education and grant money available to homeowners.
Cost assistance may be available for you hire a contractor to remove large fuels or to bring a chipper to your neighborhood to remove smaller fuels.
Preparing for a wildfire also includes knowing your escape routes, assembling emergency supplies and belongings in a safe spot, and having a plan to reunite with your family after an evacuation. We remind homeowners to stay aware of the latest news on the fire from local media and the fire department, always follow their own personal action plan, and leave early.
Learn more about your home's risk by viewing the Wildland Risk Assessment Map
. Properties are assessed and added each week. If your property is not on the map, check back again soon.
Communities in Rapid City are receiving national Firewise Recognition for their ongoing efforts to make their neighborhood more resistive to fire. Check back later to learn more about those communities.
To read our Open Letter to Homeowners, please click here.
Before: Fire can easily spread from the grass to the trees and to this house.
After: The space is survivable due to the non-combustible roof and siding, the low vegetation near the house, green grass barrier, and an open tree canopy.
Open, well-maintained areas can create a barrier between the fire and the home.
Screening under the deck helps to prevent flying embers from smoldering in debris near the home, preventing a common cause of wildland urban interface fires.
Before (above): Dense undergrowth can quickly spread a fire into the trees and to the home.
After (below): Thinning produces a clean, safe, and park-like setting.