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Fire Danger Restriction Chart
ND Rural Fire Danger Guide
Burleigh County Institutes Burn Ban Tied to Daily ND Fire Danger Index

March 15, 2021: Burleigh County affirms (previously declared March 10th) the Fire Emergency and instituted a Burn Ban tied to the daily Fire Danger Rating effective immediately through October 1, 2021. The area is under abnormally dry conditions and has either sustained or been threatened with rural fires as of this date. The burn ban remains in effect when the North Dakota Rangeland Fire Danger Index is in the "High", "Very High", "Extreme" and/or a Red Flag Warning has been issued.

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).


ND Fire Danger Rating and Maps

The ND Rural Fire Danger Guide lists the outdoor activity guidelines for the five danger indices (Low, Medium, High, Very High, and Extreme). Open burning and off-road motorized travel are prohibited when the Fire Index is in the Extreme Category.

The City of Bismarck has permanent burn restrictions in place through an adopted fire code and is excluded from the burn ban. The City of Bismarck allows fire pits if they abide by the City Ordinance.

If a citizen is ever in doubt regarding what they can and cannot do, they should contact their Emergency Manager or local Fire Department.





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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.



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