Morton County Commission declares burn ban

Morton County issues burn ban due to dry conditions


MANDAN, ND – Due to current and forecasted dry weather conditions,Morton County Commissioners have declared a Fire Emergency and Burn Ban effective immediately through Oct. 1, 2022. The most recent North Dakota drought monitor update shows that much of Morton County is experiencing a drought with abnormally to moderately dry conditions. With an abundance of dry prairie grasses and other vegetation, the area has already either sustained or been threatened with grass and vegetation fires. 


The declaration bans the starting of fires in an unenclosed space to include burning of leaves, grass clippings, garbage pits, construction debris, fallen trees, crop residue or hay land, sloughs and bonfires.  Fires should not be started on days when the North Dakota 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. 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.


Additionally, when towing any kind of trailer, ensure that chains are not dragging. Dragging chains cause sparks, which can ignite a wildland fire. Also, use caution when driving on dry brush or grass as hot exhaust pipes can also ignite wildland fires which may not be noticed until it’s too late.


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.