A burn ban is in effect for Burleigh County as of last night, and goes into effect for Stark and Emmons Counties today. That means when conditions warrant, there's no burning -- not even in barrels.
"The burn ban is tied to the fire index and what that means is our burn ban goes into effect when we're in the very high in the extreme index, or a red flag warning is issued, so that's when conditions are less favorable for outdoor activities. We still want people to go out and recreate and perform outdoor activities, but do it when it's more favorable," says Mary Senger, Emergency Manager, Burleigh County Emergency Management.
If conditions are favorable and you do plan a controlled burn, you're urged to contact your County Emergency Management office, so fire resources are not dispatched needlessly.
So before you burn, call or check the website -- www.weather.gov/bis -- and click on "fire weather" to learn whether burning is allowed. Ignoring the law could land you 30 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Burleigh County Emergency Management says to expect more counties to come online with similar restrictions as the season progresses.
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