With the warmer weather and more time spent outdoors, more safety precautions arise. Memorial Day weekend kicks off the unofficial start of summer, and with many spending the it outdoors, fire safety is a big concern.
Kevin Stastny; Bismarck Resident: “Every memorial weekend we camp out here.”
Kevin Stastny has camped every year with family and friends for the last 15 years.
This year they camped at the General Sibley park.
Martha Willand; Facilities Specialist: “Fires are only allowed in the fire pits or in the grills. We ask that the fire wood doesn’t overflow.”
Unfortunately for Stastny.. had a blistering reminder to always be careful.
Kevin Stastny; Bismarck Resident: “We actually had, 8 years ago, one kid fall in the next day.”
The child was taken to the hospital with 2nd degree burns.
Kevin Stastny; Bismarck Resident: “None of the kids are allowed to walk around the camp fire anymore. They sit still.”
The Bismarck Fire Department Grant Marshal says there are simple ways to avoid big accidents.
Owen Fitzsimmons; Fire Marshal: “Never leave the fire unattended. And before finishing up for the evening with your fire, please ensure that it is properly extinguished.”
General Sibley does have some fire restrictions and if this fire index, which they keep in the entry way of the park, gets into red area, they ban fire entirely from the park grounds.
Owen Fitzsimmons; Fire Marshal: “I’d say be aware of the weather conditions, absolutely. Check with the North Dakota department of emergency services or your local fire department.”
The General Sibley Park says it has not had a fire ban at there park for the last two years.. and hope to keep it that way.
Morton County currently has a burn ban, which is effective if the fire danger rating is at a high level or above.
And remember, never play with matches.