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Wildland Fire Division Reminds Public About Campfire Permits

South Dakota Department of Agriculture

News Release


For Immediate Release: May 16, 2017

Media Contact: Jeni Lawver, 605.381.7232



Wildland Fire Division Reminds Public About Campfire Permits


RAPID CITY S.D. — The Division of Wildland Fire is reminding the public that campfires on private land within the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District need a permit.


A free inspection of the requested campfire and area will be performed before a homeowner is issued a permit. All permits are valid for three years and kept on file. After three years, the permitted area will automatically be re-inspected. The landowner does not need to contact South Dakota Wildland Fire to schedule a renewal inspection.


The location of the campfire must be at least 10 feet from any overhanging branches, stumps, logs and trees.


Non-combustible materials fastened or mortared together, and in good condition, are required for the construction of the campfire. The campfire must be located on the campfire pad and immobile. Steel campfires must be staked down or otherwise fastened to the pad.


To obtain a permanent residential campfire permit within the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District, please contact South Dakota Wildland Fire Division at 605.393.8011. Callers will be directed to a field office based upon county.


Visit the South Dakota Division Wildland Fire website at http://wildlandfire.sd.gov/docs/firepit%20illustrations.pdf  for specifications and more information.


Follow South Dakota Wildland Fire on Twitter @SDWildlandFire and on Facebook by searching SD Wildland Fire.


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