Fire Prevention and
Services

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Burning Permits

BURN PERMITS

If you live in the City Limits of Custer, you must acquire a permit from Custer Volunteer Fire Department by calling 605-517-0159 or 605-430-3036.

If you live outside the City Limits of Custer, you must acquire a permit from State of South Dakota Wildland Fire:  http://wildlandfire.sd.gov/burnpermits/burnpermits.aspx   or by calling 1-800-275-4955


The permits are only valid to use for burning slash piles when there is continuous snow cover, the depth of the snow is at least 2 inches for small slash piles and 6 inches for large slash piles.


Please call Custer County Communication Center at 605-673-8176 to inform them you are burning.   Provide, permit number, address of burn and phone number you can be contacted at.  DO NOT CALL 911 with this information.

Fireworks

Fireworks Laws

South Dakota Law

34-37-11.   Sale or use prohibited in forests, parks and other specified areas--Exception--Violation as misdemeanor. No person may sell or cause to be sold, discharge, or cause to be discharged, any pyrotechnics of any description or any consumer fireworks within the exterior boundaries of the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District, and no person may discharge or cause to be discharged any pyrotechnics or consumer fireworks within a zone that extends three hundred feet beyond the exterior boundaries of the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District in this state. No person may sell or cause to be sold, discharge, or cause to be discharged, any pyrotechnics of any description or any consumer fireworks within any national forest, national park, state forest, or any land owned or leased by the Department of Game, Fish and Parks. However, the Department of Game, Fish and Parks may, by written authorization, permit the discharge of pyrotechnics or consumer fireworks, pyrotechnic displays, sales, or exhibits on land owned or leased by the department unless otherwise prohibited by statute. Any violation of this section which occurs on any land owned or leased by the Department of Game, Fish and Parks is a Class 2 misdemeanor. Any subsequent violation of this Section is a Class 1 misdemeanor.

Source: SL 1957, ch 91, § 1; SDC Supp 1960, § 20.0506; SL 1963, ch 130, § 1; SL 1964, ch 31, § 10; SL 1977, ch 190, § 106; SL 1981, ch 266; SL 1989, ch 301; SL 1990, ch 279, § 1; SL 2004, ch 238, § 1; SL 2007, ch 198, § 3.



City of Custer Ordinance

9.04.080 Fireworks.

A. It is unlawful for any individual, firm, partnership or corporation to buy, sell, give away, receive, deal in, have in possession, transport, use, discharge or cause to be discharged, any pyrotech- nics (commonly known as fireworks) of any kind whatsoever, within the city, except as hereinafter provided.

B. Nothing in this section shall prohibit the use of supervised and controlled public display of fireworks by an organization or association of persons, provided, that such organization or association, prior to making such public display of fireworks, shall make written application to the city council and secure a written permit for the display. The application for the permit shall set forth the name of the organization or association of persons desiring the permit, the purpose, location and the date of the proposed display of fireworks and how and by whom it will be supervised.

C. Nothing in this section shall prohibit any manufacturer, distributor or jobber from making or selling any kind of fireworks for direct shipment to points outside the state; provided, further, that nothing in this section shall prohibit the use of torpedoes, flares or uses by railroad or other transportation agencies for signal purposes or illumination; provided, further, that nothing in this section shall prohibit the sale or use of blank cartridges for ceremonial purposes, athletics, theatrical or sporting events.

D. A violation of this section is a Class II misdemeanor and subject to the penalties therefor as set forth in Chapter 1.12 of this code. (Ord. 398 (part), 1993; prior code § 12-126)Type your paragraph here.

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Fire Hydrant Snow Removal

In addition to removing snow and debris covering the hydrant itself, Custer Fire Department recommends clearing a 3 foot area around the hydrant. This will help us with accessing the hydrant to connect hoses and operate the hydrant, it will also give our hoses enough area to charge and prevent kinking which could greatly reduce water supply.

The Custer Fire Department also suggests maintaining a shoveled path from the street, sidewalk or driveway to the fire hydrant so that it is visible from the road and firefighters can easily access it.