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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.

Burn Restrictions and Fire Declarations

The following map depicts counties and tribal nations where fire emergencies have been declared and burn bans/restrictions implemented.

Please refer to the interactive map below to view existing county and tribal (dark red) declarations.

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

This list may not be all inclusive. Please contact your county emergency manager for the most current information and for specific restrictions that may exist in your county.

Click here for a printable pdf map

Link to list of county emergency managers

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

The ND Fire Danger Rating is issued each morning during fire season, typically April 1 to October 31. Although not very often, there are times when weather conditions that develop during the day result in a change to fire conditions. It is critical that you verify the current Fire Danger Rating and local burn ban restrictions BEFORE burning and participating in outdoor activities. Current ND Fire Danger Rating information and Fire Weather Forecasts, to include Red Flag Warnings, are located on the National Weather Service website:


For information on burning restrictions and prohibitions contact your local emergency manager or fire department.


Fire Weather Watches, Warnings, and Forecasts
Interagency Dispatch Center
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Wildland Fires - FAQs
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Fire Danger Guide - 2015
File Size: 622.9 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 11/25/2015.