Rapid City area dealing with grassfire issues

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA ) – Rapid City hasn’t seen major rain activity since late July. Pair that with sweltering heat, and grassfires go from being possible to inevitable.

With no rain in the upcoming forecast, local firefighters are working to keep the dry grass under control.

Rapid City Fire Department Public Information Officer Lt. Jim Bussell said a number of grassfires have already effected the area.

Wind, which is expected as the week progresses, along with upwards slopes can be extremely dangerous in assisting movement for large wildfires.

Bussell said a recent grass fire got to over 70 acres in size near Rapid Valley.

The fire risk level for Western South Dakota today is high according to the Pennington County Fire Service, and a no burn advisory is in effect.