The National Weather Service out of Bismarck has issued a Red Flag Warning for Southwest & South Central North Dakota from late this morning through early this evening. The combination of very strong wind gusts around 60 mph, dry and dormant fuels, with minimum relative humidity of 35%, will create the potential for rapid fire spread. Counties included in this Warning are McKenzie, Dunn, Mercer, Oliver, Mclean, Golden Valley, Billings, Stark, Morton, Burleigh, Slope, Hettinger, Grant, Bowman, Adams, Sioux & Emmons.
The Red Flag Warning will be in effect today from 11am- 8pm (CT). This means that the Mercer & Oliver County Burn Bans will also be in effect, during this time, and no outdoor burning is allowed. Anyone who violates this burn ban is guilty of a class B Misdemeanor (NDCC 37-17.1-10.1). Punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and 30 days in jail. The Mercer & Oliver County Sheriff’s Departments are authorized to issue citations to violators.
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