Rapid City, S.D. (April 27) – The Rapid City Fire Department will conduct a prescribed burn in the Springbrook Acres area later this week. This is a cooperative effort with local, state, and federal agencies, along with help from the Springbrook Acres HOA.
This is all part of the Survivable Space Initiative Hazard Mitigation Program in Rapid City. This is an extension of the four year fuel reduction project in Springbrook Acres, which includes thinning 80 acres of timber to reduce the wildfire potential and the burning of slash material from the past two winters. This project will mitigate the buildup of surface fuels on the 17 acre parcel in the form of grass cover.
Lt. Tim Weaver with the Rapid City Fire Department’s Fire and Life Safety Division says, “This will be part of the new conservative effort to reintroduce good fire on the landscapes in and around Rapid City, and to bring back regular fire regimes to an ecosystem that is dependent on fire for plant health and diversity. The Schroeder Road fire is a good example of how reducing the buildup of fuels can drastically affect fire behavior in surface fuels, and the benefits to the landscape after the fire. Tree thinning is one component of fuel reduction for wildfire safety, and we have been very successful in this effort, but the reintroduction of good fire on the landscape is just as paramount to the safety of our community, and these burns will be another tool we will utilize for our hazard mitigation efforts in the future for the Rapid City Community.”
The objectives of this project include: reducing the fuel load on this parcel that is adjacent to several private residences, setting back the invasive cool season grasses and introduce legumes, and promote the native warm season grasses.
The day and time of this prescribed burn is yet to be determined and is weather permitting.