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Burn Permits Open within the Black Hills Fire Protection District

South Dakota Department of Agriculture

News Release


For Immediate Release: December 11, 2017

Media Contact: Jeni Lawver, 605.381.7232


Burn Permits Open within the Black Hills Fire Protection District


RAPID CITY S.D. — The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division is now issuing burn permits within the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District for the winter burning season.


The permits are only valid from the day the permit is obtained until March 31, 2018. They are also only valid for burning slash piles when there is continuous snow cover around the pile, the depth of the snow is at least 2 inches and winds are less than 15 mph at the burn site. Large slash piles require a minimum of 6 inches of continuous snow cover. 


Residents within the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District may apply for a burn permit, free of charge, online at http://sd.gov/burnpermits. The county and name of the local fire department, based on where the fire will be burned, are required for the permit. The burn permit system informs fire managers where burning activities are occurring, reducing the number of false runs to fires and saving firefighting resources for instances where they are truly needed.  It also enables firefighters to respond more quickly to fires that escape. 


Permittees are encouraged to closely monitor the weather during any burn activities. Weather fluctuations, such as sudden gusts of wind, could spark a wildfire. Local fire departments can provide updates on current weather information. 


For more information and frequently asked questions, please visit the South Dakota Wildland Fire website at http://wildlandfire.sd.gov/burnpermits/burnpermits.aspx.  South Dakota Wildland Fire can be found on Twitter and Facebook.


Agriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota’s economy, generating $25.6 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 115,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect and preserve this industry for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at http://sdda.sd.gov or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.