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Are fireworks banned or not? Here is what you need to know

Article by Ian Grande

Stanley – There seems to be a lot of confusion about whether or not fireworks are going to be allowed this year in Mountrail County because of the current dry conditions. The following should help clear up any misconceptions:

Is there a burn ban in effect currently for Mountrail County?

No. The county commission issued an automatic burn ban proclamation on May 2nd that goes into effect anytime the Fire Danger Rating Index hits High, Very High, or Extreme/Red Flag Warning. See PDF of proclamation here: Mountrail County Proclamation (5-2-17)

Mountrail County issued a similar automatic burn ban in March of 2016.

****As of 1pm on June 28th the Fire Danger Rating for Mountrail County was “Low”, so currently there is no burn ban in Mountrail County.****

What is the Fire Danger Rating System Scale?

The fire danger rating system scale is Low, Moderate, High, Very High, and Extreme/Red Flag.

***Mountrail County is currently at “Low” on the Fire Danger Index (6-28)

What does this mean for fireworks?

The fire danger level is currently “Low” for Mountrail County, therefore there is no burn ban/restriction in effect for Mountrail County currently.

As always, residents are asked to contact their local fire chief prior to lighting off fireworks in Mountrail County even if the Fire Danger Level is Low or Moderate. If the level rises to High, Very High, or Extreme/Red Flag than no fireworks will be allowed in the county.

Municipalities are free to impose more stringent requirements on the use of fireworks, it is generally good practice to contact local officials prior to setting off fireworks.

***Mountrail County is currently at “Low” on the Fire Danger Index (6-28)

Did Governor Burgum send out an executive order on drought/fire conditions?

Yes. The executive order declared that 30 counties have burn bans/restrictions in place.

Many of those 30 counties are similar to Mountrail County’s automatic burn ban that would be triggered in the event that the index level reaches high/very high/extreme.

Basically the executive order just acknowledged what the counties had already implemented.

How about controlled burns?

Controlled burns still require prior approval from local fire response authorities when the Fire Danger Index level is at Low or Moderate.

If the fire danger level increases to high, very high, extreme/red flag then the automatic burn ban would go into effect and no burning would be allowed.

***Mountrail County is currently at “Low” (6-28)

Generous Jerry’s (Stanley)

Where can I find the most up to date information on fireworks restrictions/ fire danger levels?

The North Dakota Department of Emergency Services publishes interactive maps on their website: North Dakota Department of Emergency Services Website

Bottom line: The automatic burn ban in Mountrail County has not been triggered and Mountrail County is currently at a “Low” on the fire danger index (updates daily).

Citizens are advised to keep up to date by referencing the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services website before they light off any fireworks.

If you are ever in doubt please contact your local fire department. It is also advised that you check with your municipality about any ordinances that they may have in place.


*Ian Grande is the Editor of the Stanley Gazette. If you have any comments or concerns please email StanleyGazette@gmail.com

 

 

 

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