Rapid City, S.D.- Forecasted winter conditions with snow may allow the South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division to open up the burn permit season for the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District starting the weekend of Nov. 19.
Wildland Fire deputy director Jim Strain says, “Depending on snow cover conditions, we may just open up the Northern Black Hills for the season, and wait for more favorable conditions before opening up the rest of the rest of the Black Hills for burn permits.”
Normally, the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District is opened for permitted burns starting Nov. 1, however abnormally warm and dry conditions pushed that date back this year. Temporary burn permits for either slash pile or debris burning may be obtained at www.sd.gov/burnpermits Burn permits obtained on-line are good through the March 31 expiration date.
Burning without a permit in the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District is class II misdemeanor and could result in $125 fine.
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