In Ward County, new updates on burn restrictions.
Alexus Arthur reports.
The Minot Rural Fire Department declared that there is a burn ban restriction but this sign displays how dry it actually is in the city. If the sign reaches very high you will not be able to light off fireworks on the 4th of July.
“It’s going to be pretty iffy. We were in low up until yesterday, today it jumped up into moderate.” said Rex Weltikol, Minot Rural Fire Chief.
If the fire index jumps into the high category — it’s important to be cautious of what you’re burning.
“In the high category you can’t do open burning in the fields and garbage and things like that.” said Weltikol.
And if you break the rules during a burn ban restriction.
“There’s something to a fine of 1500 dollars and 30 days in jail.” said Weltikol.
The fire index changes day to day and can even change from the morning to the evening.
“You daily need to check the fire index.” said Weltikol.
As for fireworks — it all depends on the fire index that day.
“It could very well jump into high and then we’re really going to have to watch it close.” said Weltikol.
And as a reminder, you can get your fireworks and light them off where it’s legal — but if the fire index reads very high, there will be no lighting up the sky. In Minot, Alexus Arthur, KX News.
To look at the fire index visit myndnow.com for a link.