Fire Danger Index/ Burn Ban Information

The Morton County Commission, and the governing boards of the cities, may declare a ban on open burning when emergency conditions exist.  The ban is publicized in the local media, and a copy of the proclamation is kept on file in the county or city auditor's office.  When a ban on open burning is in effect, any person who willfully violates the ban may be subject to a class B misdemeanor charge (NDCC section 37-17.1-10.1).  The ban may include the use of fireworks.

For the latest news on Morton County burn bans, call 701-667-3405.

The ND Game & Fish Department may post signs banning open burning (campfires) in Wildlife Management Areas when emergency conditions exist.  Any person who violates a posted regulation in a Wildlife Management Area may be subject to a citation. 

Open burning is automatically prohibited when the fire danger index is in the "extreme" category as issued by the National Weather Service (NDAC section 33-15-04-02).