High temperatures and low precipitation has created dry conditions in Adams County, prompting the county commissioners to sign off on a burn restriction policy. The restrictions, signed by commission chairman Chuck Christman on at the regular commission meeting on Thursday, June 8, restricts any burning, or fireworks ignition “when the North Dakota Fire Danger Rating is in the High, Very High, or Extreme Rating and/or a Red Flag Warning has been issued for Adams County, North Dakota until further notice. The restriction prohibits any burning when those conditions exist.
By COLE BENZ
The rules do allow burning when the fire danger rating is in the low or moderate category, however procedures dictated in the North Dakota Rural Fire Danger Guide must be followed. The restrictions put in place does prohibit pit burning completely until further notice, regardless of the current status of the fire danger rating.
Currently there are four counties in North Dakota that have issued a complete burn ban, no matter the fire danger rating, according to Adams County Emergency Manager Michele Gaylord. But Adams County is essentially adopting what they did last year, and will follow the rating system.
“There’s a variety of different restriction on right now across the state,” she said. “Lots of them are tied to the North Dakota fire danger rating like we are.”
On a conference call, Gaylord said weather forecasters had predicted some precipitation by the time this article would go to print, which would help the fire situation. But she also said that during the call the same forecasters said we are at about 50 percent under normal precipitation from last year, and that it might not get better. High temperatures and below average rain levels were still predicted for the near future.
“We have had the driest spring since 1980,” Gaylord said.
if you need to have a controlled burn—and the fire rating allows the burn based on the restrictions—you are required to inform the fire chief of the time, location, and an estimated burning time. The chief then informs state radio so emergency services know the details, so if someone called 911 about a fire, emergency personnel will know if it is a controlled ban or a genuine fire emergency. The details can be found at the fire guide online at www.ND.gov/des/uploads/resources/154/brochure-ruralfiredangerguide.pdf. The current fire danger rating can be found online at www.crh.noaa.gov/bis/?n=fire_weather_public.
Further questions can be directed to your local fire department or emergency manager, according to the fire guide.