Fire returned to Trinity Eco Prayer Park for the second time in three years when the Rapid City Fire Department conducted a prescribed burn in April. In nature fire helps create healthy soil by restoring nutrients and decreasing dead plant matter.
When the park was built the plan was for the Fire Department to do a burn every three years. But the above average moisture that fell over the past two years caused them to return a year ahead of schedule due to an overabundance of dead plant material.
The burn in the park is a precision operation in tight quarters. Firefighters use spray from hoses and create fuel-free buffers to protect shrubs and trees and to keep the fire from spreading to nearby properties.