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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.


Visit NDResponse.gov for the latest Burn Ban and Fire Danger Index Maps

It is critical you verify the current Fire Danger Rating, Red Flag Warning status and local burn ban/restrictions BEFORE burning and participating in outdoor activities. Please contact your local fire department or emergency management office for the most current information regarding restrictions in your area.


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Wildland Fires - FAQs
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Fire Danger Guide - 2015
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Burn Ban Guidelines
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Be Ready-Wildfires
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Wildfire Roundup
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Wildfire Safety Tips
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This site updated as of 6/17/2019.