Rapid City Field Office
Division Chief: Ray Bubb
Battalion Chief: Casey Glines
3305 West South Street
Rapid City, SD 57702
The Rapid City Field Office of the South Dakota Wildland Fire Division is responsible for suppression, management, and investigations of all wildland fires on state and private lands in Meade and Pennington counties of Western South Dakota. This includes the areas around Rapid City, Mt. Rushmore, and Sturgis. A complex area with heavy fuel loads, urban interface, and tourist destination.
Every year during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, our state population almost doubles, with most of that population in the Rapid City Field Office area. In the last 18 years, an infestation of the Mt. Pine Beetle and severe winter storm damage has added heavy dead and downed fuel loads to the forest floor increasing the complexity of the fire scenario in the Rapid City Field Office response area.
The Rapid City Field Office staffs two Type 6 wildland engines and one Type 3 wildland engine.