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.
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.