September 22, 2017

Fires – June 29th

There have been four fire so far today in Fall River County.

The Mickelson Trail Fire northeast of the Chilson Bridge has been put out. This fire was less than an acre.

The Cedar Fire is burning north of the Wild Horse Sanctuary, crews are on scene.

The Rocky Fire is located a mile south of Highway 18 in Minnekahta Valley, crews are on scene.

There is a new fire between Indian Canyon Rd and Rocky Ford Rd, located on the north side of the Cheyenne River. Crews are on scene, some residence in the Indian Canyon Fire area are being told to prepare for possible evacuation.

UPDATE (6/30/2017 8:40am):  The Cedar and Rocky Fires have been contained.  The fire off Indian Canyon Rd has been named the Brady Fire and is now estimated at 95 acres, there are federal, state, and local crews on scene.

Chilson Bridge Closure

The Chilson Bridge which carries traffic over the Mickelson Trail on Old Highway 18 has been closed by the county commissioners for safety reasons.  Addresses on Old Highway 18 that are lower than 27900 can be accessed from the Hot Springs side, Old Highway 18 addresses greater than 27900 and Rocky Ford Rd and Paradise Rd are accessible from the Edgemont side.

Fireworks on the Fourth (updated 7/2/2017)

Where can I shoot fireworks?

In Fall River County outside of city limits fireworks are permitted south of the Cheyenne River IF the fire danger for the grasslands is LOW or MODERATE.  Fire Danger ratings can be found on the county website (look at the information column on the right side of the webpage).


Inside Hot Springs:

WHEN: Fireworks are only permitted when the Fire Danger Index provided by the national weather service lists Hot Springs as LOW or MODERATE. Firework are allowed on the 3rd and 4th from 8:00pm until 11:00pm.  Please be aware that the 4th does fall in the middle of the work week this year and some people will be sleeping in preparation for the next day.

WHERE: Fireworks must be launched from private property (NOT streets or alleys or public parks).

WHAT: The City of Hot Springs only allows firecrackers that are non-traveling and less than 50mg per firecracker, sparklers, non-traveling smoke devices, fountains with the discharge not to exceed 6′, ground spinners, and non-traveling ground fireworks.


Inside Edgemont:

WHEN: Fireworks are permitted with the fire danger is LOW or MODERATE. From July 1st through the 5th, 9AM to 10PM (until midnight on the 4th).

WHERE: Fireworks are NOT allowed within the Edgemont City Park without prior approval of the Edgemont Common Council.  Fireworks are NOT allowed on any property marked as No Trespassing or with signs prohibiting the discharge of fireworks. All fireworks discharge must be cleaned up and properly disposed of within 24 hours.

WHAT: Any firework legal in the State of South Dakota. Fireworks may not be discharged carelessly, recklessly or heedlessly in regard to the rights and safety of others or in any manner likely to endanger any person or property.

Courthouse Closed – Independence Day

The Fall River County Courthouse will be closed, Tuesday, July 4th, in observance of Independence Day. Regular hours will resume Wednesday, July 5th.

Courthouse Closed – Memorial Day

The Fall River County Courthouse will be closed Monday, May 29th, in observance of Memorial Day.  Regular office hours will resume Tuesday, May 30th.