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Quick Reference Guide to Local Burn Bans/Fire Restrictions

The chart is provided as a quick reference guide. If you have any questions, please contact your local emergency manager or fire department.

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Fireworks Ban
Burleigh County Bans Discharge of Fireworks

June 13, 2017: Burleigh County affirmed the June 9th Fire Emergency and Burn Ban with the inclusion of a ban on the discharge of fireworks and luminaries (lanterns) regardless of the Fire Danger Rating. Despite the recent moisture received, the area remains under abnormally dry conditions. The priorities continue to be life safety and preservation of property.

The burn ban (to include a ban on garbage/pit burning, campfires, and burning of farm or crop land) remains in effect when the North Dakota Rangeland Fire Danger Rating is "High", "Very High", "Extreme", and/or a Red Flag Warning has been issued. Again, fireworks and luminaries are banned regardless of the Fire Danger Rating.

The City of Bismarck has permanent burn restrictions in place through an adopted fire code.

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 Rangeland Fire Rating can be found on the ND Department of Emergency Services' website.




Burleigh County Declares Fire Emergency and Institutes Burn Ban Tied to the Fire Danger Index

June 9, 2017: Burleigh County has declared a Fire Emergency and instituted a Burn Ban effective June 9 thru October 1, 2017. The area is under abnormally dry conditions and has either sustained or been threatened with rural fires as of this date. The burn ban (to include a ban on garbage/pit burning, campfires, and burning of farm or crop land) remains in effect when the North Dakota Rangeland Fire Danger Rating is "High", "Very High", "Extreme", and/or a Red Flag Warning has been issued.

The City of Bismarck has permanent burn restrictions in place through an adopted fire code.

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 Rangeland Fire Rating is available on the ND Department of Emergency Services' website.





Picture of a campfire
Controlled Burn Procedures

Burleigh County has controlled burn procedures for area residents. Landowners, equipment operators and outdoor enthusiasts are requested to take proper precautions during all open burning situations:




  • Citizens should contact the Central Dakota Communications Center at 223-9111 before a controlled burn is started so that emergency responders are not dispatched for reports of a fire when it is a controlled burn. Be prepared to give your name, contact number, location of controlled burn, and anticipated duration of the burn. After the burning is completed and the fire is out, again contact the Central Dakota Communications Center to inform them of the completion.



  • A controlled burn needs to be physically monitored at all times. Once the fire is started, don't walk away until the fire is completely out.



  • Be prepared if the fire gets out of hand. Call 911 immediately and have resources available to mitigate the effects (water, extinguisher, shovels, tractor).


Residents are urged to follow the precautions in the ND Rural Fire Danger Guide which lists the outdoor activity guidelines for the five fire danger ratings (Low, Moderate, High, Very High, and Extreme). Open burning is strongly discouraged when the Fire Rating is in the High, Very High, or Extreme Category AND during a Red Flag Warning.





North Dakota Rural Fire Danger Guide Front Page
ND Rural Fire Danger Guide
Residents are urged to follow the precautions in the ND Rural Fire Danger Guide which lists the outdoor activity guidelines for the five danger ratings (Low, Medium, High, Very High, and Extreme).

The daily fire rating is available on the ND Department of Emergency Services' website each morning during fire season.