Morton County Institutes Burn Ban/Restriction Tied to ND Daily Fire Danger Index

May 12, 2023: Morton County Commission institutes Fire Emergency and Burn Ban declaration tied to the ND Daily Fire Danger Rating, effective when the ND Rangeland Fire Danger Rating is in the High, Very High or Extreme category and/or a Red Flag Warning has been issued for Morton County. Since the daily rating changes frequently, it is important for us to simply keep the fire emergency and burn ban in place and use the daily fire rating to guide burning activity. See map below for today’s rating.


The ND Rural Fire Danger Guide lists the outdoor activity guidelines for the six danger indices (Low, Medium, High, Very High, Extreme, and Red Flag Warning). 


You can check the daily Fire Danger Rating here. If the North Dakota Rangeland Fire Danger Rating is in the Low or Moderate category, the public should contact State Radio at 701-328-9921 to request a controlled burn. After the burning is completed and the fire is out, contact State Radio at 701-328-9921 again to inform them of the completion.


The impact of fires could threaten the health, well-being, and safety of Morton County’s citizens, and put property in Morton County at risk. In addition, the cost of response may be far in excess of available County resources.


The Morton County Parks burning restrictions are currently dependent on the Fire Danger Rating, and could change once or more during any given day. This ban DOES NOT include manufactured devices that control or confine the fire to a degree it is safe when not under continued observation, such as gas, charcoal or wood fired grills, screened patio fireplaces and chimneas, gas camp stoves and smokers within the City Limits of Almont, Flasher, Glen Ullin, Hebron, Mandan and New Salem. 


The Commission has the authority to regulate activities with a potential hazard for loss and to protect life and property. The penalty for violation of this burn ban is a Class B Misdemeanor (NDCC 37-17.1-10.1) with a maximum sentence of 30 days in jail and a $1,500 fine.


The cities of Mandan, Glen Ullin, and Hebron have their own fire emergency and burn ordinances through an adopted fire code.


If a citizen is ever in doubt of what they can and cannot do, they should contact their Emergency Manager or local Fire Department.