As the entire western part of North Dakota has been in either a moderate, high or very high fire danger risk lately, counties and cities have passed down burn bans — including private fireworks use.

Fire danger in North Dakota on July 2, 2021 | Courtesy: ND Response

So far, seven counties and five cities have banned the private use of fireworks in our coverage area due to the extremely dry conditions and lack of rain.

Burleigh County

Mary Senger, the emergency manager, says Burleigh County rural fire chiefs support the ban due to the drought conditions.

Senger says the City of Bismarck has permanent burn restrictions in place through an adopted fire code and, “The sale, possession or discharge of fireworks within the City of Bismarck is prohibited.” 

Burleigh’s ban went into effect on June 16.

Morton County

The commission voted to ban fireworks in the county through July 5 due to drought conditions.

Rural fire chiefs advised the commission to ban fireworks due to abnormally dry conditions combined with high winds.

If Morton County receives significant rain that improves the drought conditions, the commission will reassess the ban at that time, according to Public Information Officer Maxine Herr.

Morton’s ban went into effect on June 16 as well.

Emmons County

According to Mary Senger, the emergency manager for Emmons County, rural fire chiefs and the sheriff supported the ban on fireworks due to drought conditions and rural fire activity.

Senger says Braddock, Hague, Hazelton, Linton and Strasburg can set restrictions on their respective jurisdictions regarding fireworks if they wish.

The ban went info effect on June 18.

Dunn County

The commission has voted to ban fireworks at this time until further notice.

Dunn’s ban went into effect on June 16.

Pierce County

Commissioners issued a drought declaration and amended the fire emergency declaration and burn ban to now ban the use of fireworks within the county.

The ban went into effect on June 21 and is set to expire Oct. 31.

Ward County

Commissioners issued a ban on fireworks if the fire danger rating map is either very high or extreme, or a red flag warning has been issued.

Commissioners said if Ward County’s rating is low, moderate or high, fireworks are allowed.

This went into effect on June 24.

Stark County

If the fire danger rating map is low or moderate, fireworks are allowed, says Shawna Davenport with Stark County Department of Emergency Services.

If the rating is high, very high or extreme, fireworks will not be permitted.

City of Mandan

Mandan City Commissioners voted to ban fireworks within city limits until further notice due to drought conditions during their Tuesday meeting.

The vote comes after the Mandan Fire Department recommended the commission ban fireworks after an assessment of fire fuel, vegetation and weather conditions.

Mandan’s ban went into effect on June 15.

City of Wilton

Wilton City Commissioners voted to ban fireworks within city limits regardless of the fire index until otherwise noted.

The ban came for several reasons, one of which being that the cost of response to a fire may be in excess of city resources.

The ban went into effect on June 16.

City of Beulah

The use of personal fireworks within Beulah city limits is banned due to dry conditions, the Beulah City Council issued in a resolution.

City of Burlington

Burlington City Council voted to ban all fireworks within city limits due to excessively dry conditions and high winds. The city says if Burlington receives a substantial amount of rain before the Fourth, City Council will call a special meeting to reconsider the issue.

City of Williston

The City of Williston along with the City of Williston Fire Department and Williams County/Williston Emergency Management has banned personal or residential fireworks from July 3 through July 5 at 1 a.m. due to the high heat index and elevated fire danger rating.

Only permitted commercial fireworks will be allowed.

The City of Minot already has an ordinance in place that bans the use of fireworks within city limits.

A violation of these bans could result in a misdemeanor, up to 30 days in jail and a maximum fine of $1,500. In the event a fire is caused by fireworks, additional charges could be issued.

To see the burn ban restrictions and fire danger maps, click here.