Rapid City has good air quality despite haze

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA) – With fires raging nationwide, air quality has become an issue to consider as smoke blankets entire cities, including at this week’s City Council meeting.

Rapid City, despite the haze, has had relatively good air quality since the western wildfires first brought smoke to the Black Hills.

Communications Division manager Darrel (Shoe-Mach-er) Shoemaker attended and shared resources residents can use to find out about their air quality.

Shoemaker said the question many were asking regarded the lack of an air quality alert last week.

For today, the air quality of Rapid City is listed by the EPA as good with a score of 45. A good air quality day has a score below 50, sensitive groups will start to notice symptoms at scores beyond 100.