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FIRE EMERGENCY DECLARATION & BURN BAN

Posted 4/07/20 (Tue)

At their regular meeting this morning (April 7, 2020), the County Commission adopted the following 2020 Fire Emergency & Automatic Burn Ban for McLean County, ND:

WHEREAS, McLean County, North Dakota endured wet conditions in the fall of 2019 that resulted in unharvested fields, there is a high volume of vegetation fuels that can burn and allow fire to spread rapidly, and the official fire season starts on 1 April 2020; and

WHEREAS, all available resources remain committed to protecting life and property; and

WHEREAS, the impact of fires could threaten the health, well-being, and safety of citizens in McLean County; and

WHEREAS, the cost of emergency response and the inordinate equipment wear may be far in excess of available County resources.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of McLean County Commissioners declares a Fire Emergency and Automatic Burn Ban (to include a ban on ignition of farm or crop land, hay land, sloughs, construction debris, fallen trees, campfires/bonfires, fireworks, leaves, grass clippings, charcoal grills and garbage/pits burning) remain in effect, until further notice, whenever the North Dakota Rangeland Fire Danger Rating is Very High, Extreme and/or a Red Flag Warning has been issued for McLean County, North Dakota thru November 1, 2020.

ANY INDIVIDUAL WHO WILLFULLY VIOLATES THIS BURN BAN IS GUILTY OF A CLASS B MISDEMEANOR (NDCC 37-17.1-10.1; MAXIMUM SENTENCE OF 30 DAYS IN JAIL AND A $1500.00 FINE), AND RESTITUTION OF FIRE SUPPRESSION COSTS MAY BE SOUGHT FROM THE COURT. THE McLEAN COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT IS AUTHORIZED TO ISSUE CITATIONS TO VIOLATORS.

The North Dakota Rural Fire Danger Guide is posted on the McLean County website: www.mcleancountynd.gov or residents can contact the McLean County Sheriff’s Office at 701-462-8103.