Adams, Burleigh, Emmons, Grant, Hettinger, and Morton Counties have declared a Fire Emergency and instituted Burn Bans effective immediately and until further notice. The areas are under abnormally dry conditions and have either sustained or been threatened with rural fires as of this date. The burn bans (including campfires and garbage burning) remain in effect when the North Dakota Rangeland Fire Danger Index is in the "Very High" or "Extreme" Index and/or a Red Flag Warning has been issued.
The City of Bismarck has permanent burn restrictions in place through an adopted fire code and is excluded from the burn ban.
The above-named counties will be joining Billings, Bowman, McIntosh, Mercer, Oliver, and Slope Counties which currently have burn bans in effect.
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 $1,000 FINE).
The National Weather Service issues the Rangeland Fire Index every morning: www.weather.gov/bis and look for "Fire Weather".
Contact: Mary Senger, Burleigh and Emmons County Emergency Manager, 701-222-6727 Michele Marthaller, Adams County Emergency Manager, 701-567-4598 JoAnn Ozbun, Grant County Emergency Manager, 701-622-3944 Ilene Hardmeyer, Hettinger County Emergency Manager, 701-824-4227 Tammy Lapp-Harris, Morton County Emergency Manager, 701-667-3307 Sandy Olin, Oliver County Emergency Manager, 701-794-6780