Open Burning Guidance Information - Burn Ban in effect - April 6, 2021
Residents should review all information prior to burning including knowing the fire danger and any burn restrictions.
The Signed Fire Emergency and Burn Ban_6April2021.pdf includes a ban on open burning that includes burning of leaves, grass clippings, garbage/pits, construction debris, fallen trees, crop residue or hay land, sloughs, and campfires/bonfires. The ban recognizes that controlled devices may be used only when the device (gas, charcoal, or wood-fired grills, patio fireplaces and chimineas, gas camp stoves, and smokers) is on a hard, non-organic surface and 15 feet away from vegetation and an extinguisher or water is available on site. The penalty for violation of this Burn Ban is a Class B Misdemeanor (NDCC 37-17.1-10.1: Maximum sentence of 30 days in jail and $1,500 fine).
The US Forest Service issues the North Dakota Fire Danger Rating each morning during fire season even though the time stamp may read various times, the map is only issued once a day. This is outlined in the ND Fire Danger Guide. The Fire Danger Rating accounts for preexisting and current weather, fuel types and live and dead fuel moisture and is a collaborative effort with the Wildland Fire Assessment as well as federal land management agencies and the National Weather Service. A Red Flag warning will be issued when the combination of high temperatures, very low humidity and strong winds produce an increased risk of fire.