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Fire Danger Awareness

Rural fire

North Dakota records approximately 1,800 fire incidents each year. Fires within the state are classified as urban fires or wildland fires. Major causes of urban fires include electrically related structural and vehicle fires, incendiary-arson, unattended cooking fires, smoking materials, heating devices, fuel systems, sparks, hazardous material spills, and spontaneous combustion.

Major sources of wildland fires include lightning, inadequate measures for controlled burns, smoking, and sparks from farm machinery and trains. Fires in areas of high fuel content, if not quickly detected and suppressed, can rapidly flare out of control, threaten lives and cause major damage to habitat, crops, livestock, wildlife, and structural property.

Local (city/county/tribal) jurisdictions may institute burn bans, in accordance with the fire danger index, if conditions require. Contact your local emergency manager to inquire about the status of fire restrictions that may be in place.

North Dakota Fire Danger Rating

The Fire Danger Rating is issued by the Fire Sciences Lab of the US Forest Service and available on the National Weather Service website:
www.weather.gov/bis or www.weather.gov/fgf


Burn Restrictions and Fire Declarations

The following map depicts counties/tribes where fire emergencies have been declared and burn bans/restrictions implemented. Please note many are only in effect fire conditions are in the HIGH, VERY HIGH, or EXTREME category and/or if there is a Red Flag Warning; others are in effect regardless of the situation.

By clicking on the county/tribe on the map below you can view additional information regarding burn bans/restrictions for a particular area.

THIS LIST IS NOT ALL INCLUSIVE. CONTACT YOUR LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGER FOR THE MOST CURRENT INFORMATION AND SPECIFIC RESTRICTIONS.


Click here for a printable pdf map


Link to list of county emergency managers


Links

Fire Weather Watches, Warnings, and Forecasts
Interagency Dispatch Center
ND Fire Marshal
ND Forest Service

Documents

Wildland Fires - FAQs
File Size: 486.71 kb

Fire Danger Guide - 2015
File Size: 315.62 kb

Burn Ban Guidelines
File Size: 57.74 kb

Be Ready-Wildfires
File Size: 345.29 kb

Wildfire Roundup
File Size: 556.35 kb

Wildfire Safety Tips
File Size: 557 kb



This site updated as of 4/20/2015.