Burn ban approved by County Commission

The Dunn County Commission approved a Fire Emergency Burn Ban on Wednesday, April 5.

DUNN COUNTY HERALD

The ban was approved during the commission’s regular meeting in Manning. It was necessary because of the dry conditions and the threat with rural fires.

It will include a ban on ignition of fireworks, garbage burning, campfires, burning of farm or crop land, an unnecessary off-road motorized travel when North Dakota Rangeland Fire Index is in the High, Very High, or Extreme category or a Fire Flag Warning has been issued for Dunn County.

Any individual who willfully violates the burn ban is guilty of a Class B Misdemeanor punishable by a maximum sentence of 30 days in jail and a $1,500 fine and restitution of fire suppression costs may be sought from the court, according a county news release.

Dunn County has established controlled burn procedures for residents.

Before a controlled burn is started, contact Dunn County Emergency Management at 701-290-1769 or your local fire department so 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 the controlled burn and anticipated duration of the burn. After the burning is completed and the fire is out, again contact the appropriate number to inform them of the completion.

Controlled burns need to be manned and monitored at all times. Once the fire has started, do not 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, such as tractors, diggers or shovels.

People are urged to follow precautions in the North Dakota Rural Fire Danger Guide, which lists the outdoor activity guidelines for the five fire danger indexes – low, medium, high, very high, and extreme. Open burning and off-road motorized travel is prohibited when the fire index is in the “high”, “very high”, “extreme” category; and/or there is a Red Flag Warning in effect. The guide is posted the county website, and the National Weather Service posts the daily North Dakota Fire Danger Index on its website under “fire weather” at the following link:

www.nd.gov/des/planning/fire-danger-awareness/Default.asp#firedangerratingmap


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