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Rapid City Fire Crew Watching Border for Canadian Wildfires

Speaking of unwanted border crossings, the Rapid City Fire Department has dispatched four brave firefighters and Engine 611 to patrol the border… in Minnesota, where fire crews are keeping an eye on Canadian wildfires:

Rapid City Fire Department, tweet, 2023.06.05.
Rapid City Fire Department, tweet, 2023.06.05.

Canada is sending Minnesota and points east lots of smoke, but no fire yet. The Canadian wildfires nearest to Minnesota this morning are 160-some kilometres northwest of International Falls; out-of-control fires are farther north.


  1. larry kurtz 2023-06-07 07:15

    A brush truck like that one is my dream. In this part of Santa Fe County I am the fire department for a community of about twenty five properties spread over some nine square miles of tansy mustard, juniper and cured grasses but committed to respond with a 210 gallon tank mounted on a tractor-pulled trailer pumping water with a gasoline-powered pump.

  2. Arlo Blundt 2023-06-07 15:17

    This seems like a job for the South Dakota National Guard. Fear of a wildfire in the Boundary Waters area which is roadless and the Canadian border area, heavily forested with plenty of fuel in the woods, is a very real concern. Fires up there require immediate attention as they can get out of control very quickly.

  3. grudznick 2023-06-07 15:46

    You know, if the Rapid City Mayoral Election hadn’t been rigged and young Mr. Estes was fairly elected, this sort of thing would never happen again. City resources should not be sent to northern MN for a what-if situation. Those fellows need to pony up for a trailer with a horse tank on it just like grudznick’s good friend Lar had to do.

  4. Arlo Blundt 2023-06-07 19:22

    Grudznick–time to get your “Stop the Steal” committee organized…maybe that would distract you from your other tilting at windmills campaigns.

  5. leslie 2023-06-07 19:41

    Did Doyle run for mayor? @2:15

    btw, so much for Kristi keeping our powder dry, spending emergency funds to deploy disaster relief by SDNG:

    “Hundreds of American firefighters have recently arrived in Canada, and more are on the way. On the phone today, [Trudeau] spoke with @POTUS
    Biden about this critical support – and thanked him for all the help Americans are providing as we continue to fight these devastating wildfires.”

  6. grudznick 2023-06-07 19:42

    Perhaps a good idea, Mr. Blundt, although I do not want to be associated with the Trumpists in any way. Besides, my man took 4th, so it would seem the potential recount between 1 & 2 affords young Mr. Estes an automatic recount try as well.

    But grudznick shall not be associated with the criminals of Jan 6, all of whom need a thumping and prison.

  7. Arlo Blundt 2023-06-07 20:29

    Couldn’t agree with you more, Grudznick. I know the Estes family and I’m sure the young man, if pedigree holds true, would have been a fine mayor. Relieved that you’re taking defeat in a mature, reasonable manner.

  8. larry kurtz 2023-06-07 20:53

    After a century of fire suppression, a decades-long moratorium on prescribed burns, a lack of environmental litigators and GOP retrenchment the Black Hills National Forest has been broken for decades.

    Wasicu have stolen the ground, plundered the resources, encouraged ponderosa pine to infest lands once dominated by aspen and sage, polluted waterways and depleted watersheds. Nine tribes have sued to force the courts to act on Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management mismanagement where worker morale struggles to rebound from the terrors of the Trump term.

    Slow-walking prescribed burns and the persistence of cheatgrass on federal and state ground are just more examples of the intense lobbying efforts of Neiman Enterprises and from welfare ranchers addicted to cheap grazing fees. Instead of allowing native aspen to be restored, stands of doghair ponderosa pine (ladder fuels that feed wildfires) cover much of the BHNF.

    Add the very high number of private inholdings that make the wildland urban interface (WUI) very large to one of the highest road densities in the entire national forest system and Region 2 to lots of logging, hardrock mining and pesticides that comtribute to bat mortalities then understand why over a hundred species in South Dakota alone and millions worldwide are at risk to the Earth hating Republican Party.

    Craig Bobzien lasted as supervisor for eleven years but retired in 2016 when the volume of spit hitting the fan just became too overwhelming.

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