Mercer & Oliver Counties Burn Ban is Lifted Due to Low Fire Danger Rating!

Due to precipitation received and Fire Danger Rating being low, the Mercer & Oliver Fire Ban has been lifted. Remember, as soon as the Fire Danger Rating returns to High, Very High or Extremely High and/or a Red Flag warning is issued, the Stage 1 Fire Ban will automatically go back on. For Updated Fire Danger Rating information check the Bismarck Weather Page at: http://www.weather.gov/bis/fire (Scroll to bottom of website for the North Dakota Information)
For any controlled burns please call the Mercer-Oliver Dispatch at 745-3333 to let them know when you will be starting the fire and when the fire is out.

Mercer & Oliver Counties Remain Under a Burn Ban Due to Extreme Dry Conditions and Large Amounts of Fuel in Area!

Mercer & Oliver Counties remain under a Burn Ban due to extremely dry conditions and large amounts of fuel in the area. For Updated Fire Danger Rating information check the Bismarck Weather Page at: http://www.weather.gov/bis/fire (Scroll to bottom of website for the North Dakota Information)

As of April 1st, Oliver & Mercer Counties, which includes all Cities within the Counties, are now under a Stage I Burn Ban whenever the North Dakota Fire Danger Rating is Very High or Extreme and/or a Red Flag Warning has been issued.

This means:
No controlled burns, no large pit fires and no burning garbage of any kind.
No throwing cigarette butts or anything out in a grassy area or any area that may start to burn.
No Special burning permission will be given for any reason.
But,
You can have a Campfire in a developed recreational site or improved site, while always keeping an eye on it.
You can use grills and units that have an on/off switch in an area that you can safely operate without starting a fire.

Remember even though you are allowed some options to burn this doesn’t absolve an individual or organization from liability or responsibility for any fire started by the allowed activity.

And Remember…

ANY INDIVIDUAL WHO WILLFULLY VIOLATES THIS BURN BAN IS GUILTY OF A CLASS B MISDEMEANOR (NDCC 37-17.1-10.1) PUNISHABLE BY A FINE OF UP TO $1000.00AND 30 DAYS IN JAIL. THE MERCER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT IS AUTHORIZED TO ISSUE CITATIONS TO VIOLATORS.

When the Burn Ban is lifted, we are asking that all controlled burns be reported to the Mercer-Oliver Dispatch office, 745-3333, when the fire starts and then another call when the fire has been extinguished. Thank You!

Please Visit www.mercercounty911.com for Mercer & Oliver County Fire Ban Updates.

Mercer County, ND is under a Stage I Burn Ban due to the Dry Windy Weather and Large Amounts of Fuel!

Mercer County is now under a Stage I Burn Ban that is effect until further notice or when the ND Fire Danger Rating is very high or extreme and/or a red flag warning has been issued.
“Stage I” means:
*No controlled burns, no large pit fires and no burning garbage of any kind.
*No throwing cigarette butts or anything out in a grassy area or any area that may start to burn.
*No Special burning permission will be given for any reason.
But,
*You can have a campfire in a developed recreational site or improved site, while always keeping an eye on it.
*You can use grills (to include charcoal) and units that have an on/off switch in an area that you can safely operate without starting a fire.
Remember even though there are some options to burn this does not absolve an individual or organization from liability or responsibility for any fire started by the allowed activity.
Any individual who willfully violates this burn ban is guilty of a Class B Misdemeanor (NDCC 37-17.1-10.1) Punishable by a fine of up to $1000.00 and 30 days in jail. The Mercer County Sheriff’s Department is authorized to issue citations to violators.

Mercer County Burn Ban has been Taken Off Due to Expected Precipitation!

The Bismarck National Weather Service states that North Dakota can expect several rounds of precipitation through Wednesday, March 25th. On Saturday & Sunday it is expected that 2-4 inches of snow will hit North & East of the Missouri River, but this could change. Monday night through Wednesday a stronger storm is expected to impact West & Central North Dakota. More details on this stronger storm will be made available at http://www.crh.noaa.gov/bis/
Since we are expected to receive precipitation over the next 5 days, the Mercer County Burn Ban has been rescinded. Please remember to always burn with care and never leave a fire of any kind unattended. All Controlled Burns in Mercer and Oliver Counties need to be reported to the Mercer County Sheriff Office (745-3333) before you start your fire and then after the fire is put out.
Thank You! Your Cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated by all your Volunteer Fire Men & Women!

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