Fire calls in the western region have decreased, but not for one department

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Rural fire departments across the region say the moisture they’ve received is helping them fight grass fires.


“We started out really dry however we have finally got some moisture, so that is toned those down a little bit,” said chief for the Minot Rural Fire Department Rex Weltikol. 

Nathalie Gomez Reporting: Bismarck Rural Fire Department reports that this time last year they had received 297 calls for service, much of those were to fight grass fires but this year that number has dropped to 279 calls, Both the Williston and Dickinson Rural Fire department. Say their calls have dropped down to. 

But for Minot it’s a little different.

“We’re up actually twenty more than last year at this time,” said Weltikol.

Weltikol says many of the calls they’ve responded to involve traffic accidents.

“There’s been quite a few of ATV and UTV accidents –motorcycles things like that,” said Weltikol.

“Know where you’re riding- what you’re riding on the terrain and things like that,” said Weltikol.

The severe weather has also factored into the increase of calls.
 
“We’ve had fires that have been started by lighting with all the lighting that’s been going on,” said Weltikol.

Despite there not being to many grass fires in the region —taking preventative measures to help it stay that way is key..
 
“Just be cautious with it you know,” said Weltikol. 

Things like discarding cigarette butts properly, putting out campfires and following the fire index for control burns will help.

 “If we’re in lower medium you’re pretty much good to burn just want to check that out before you even think about having a control burn,” said Weltikol. 

Taking a little precaution will make it safe for everyone.

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