Burn bans in place in multiple counties ~ Call before you burn ~
Posted on 4/16/2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Cecily Fong
April 16, 2008
Bismarck, ND - Eighteen counties statewide now are under burn bans because of severely dry conditions. It is important for the public to remember that every March and April there are hundreds of human-caused wildfires that burn thousands of acres. Ninety percent of these fires are caused by residents participating in spring debris burning on or before a red flag warning. Before doing any burning, please contact your local emergency manager or local government to see if your county is under a burn ban.
There are penalties for ignoring a burn ban and not knowing about the ban is not an excuse. First offense of a burn ban infraction is a $500 fine. A second offense is a Class B misdemeanor, with up to 30 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Know how to report a fire:
Be aware of your surroundings so you can give a good and accurate location.
Give an approximate size and describe any homes or structures that may be threatened.
Stay on the line to help give further information as requested.
Report any suspicious vehicles and activities.
Help firefighters help you protect your home:
Clear dead vegetation and keep woodpiles away from the edge of your buildings.
Clean your gutters.
Water your grass at least 30' away from the house.
Clean up and mow shelterbelts around homes and buildings.
Disk in a firebreak on the outside of shelterbelts, if practical.
Go to www.firewise.org for more tips.
Everyone can play a crucial role in reducing the risk of wildfire by following the precautions in the North Dakota Rural Fire Danger Guide. The guide recommends activity restrictions based on the Rangeland Fire Danger Index. Land users are encouraged to go to the following website for more information:
Fire departments across North Dakota are working very hard to protect you, your family, and your property. Please thank them for their efforts and do your part to help prevent wildfires in North Dakota.