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Grass is Green, but Wildfire Still a Risk

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North Dakota is no stranger to rainshowers...

But weather in the state can quickly change from one end of the spectrum to another.

Ben Smith talks to experts about the fire risk.


From frequent flooding, to days of drought, from high speed winds to heavy snowfall.  Our state sees it all.

"North Dakota is truly a land of extreme weather, we can go from 40 below to 115 in the badlands in the summertime." Says Cecily Fong, North Dakota Department of Emergency Services

Recently, some areas of the state have seen 3 to 4 inches of rain in a short amount of time.

The plants are loving it, but this growth can also be misleading.

It's very green across the city of Bismarck but experts say that what lies beneath this grass is the really the fire danger.

"There's dead grass under the green grass that can carry fire so even though it's green, it's wet, we still have some concerns.

Grasses loose moisture really quickly, so that can increase our fire danger." Says Sarah Tunge with the North Dakota Forest Service

So she says to not get careless, and to check to see if local fire bans are in effect for your area.

"Make sure that you are aware if you can have open fires, if fireworks are allowed, if you can do BBQ grills, things like that.  Because lots of people want to get out and enjoy the nice weather in beautiful North Dakota." Says Tunge

In her time with the Forest service, Sarah has seen days with rainfall and grass fires in the same day.

Ben Smith KXNews


Sarah says if you are planning on camping or barbecuing this weekend, to make sure your fire pit is far away from any grassy areas.
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