Mercer County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Survey!

The Mercer County Emergency Management Department is preparing an update to the County’s Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan. The plan presents strategy for reducing the impacts of natural and man-made hazards in the county, like drought, severe summer storms, fires, severe winter weather, hazard materials release, floods and dam failure.
Available through August 15th, this 5-minute survey will collect your input on local hazards and potential solutions. The survey is available online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/mercerhazards and paper copies are available through the Emergency Management Department, call 701-745-3302, to request a copy.

ACCUMULATING SNOW POSSIBLE SUNDAY ACROSS SOUTHWEST NORTH DAKOTA!

A STRONG SPRING STORM WILL APPROACH THE NORTHERN PLAINS OVER THE
WEEKEND WITH THE GREATEST IMPACTS POSSIBLE ON SUNDAY. THE GREATEST
POTENTIAL FOR ACCUMULATING SNOW AND POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS TRAVEL
WILL BE OVER SOUTHWEST NORTH DAKOTA BEGINNING SUNDAY MORNING. IN
ADDITION…STRONG NORTHEAST WINDS OF 25 TO 35 MPH ALONG WITH RAIN
AND SNOW WILL ALSO POSE A THREAT TO YOUNG LIVESTOCK…MAINLY
ALONG AND SOUTH OF I-94. UNCERTAINTY REMAINS ON THE EXACT TRACK OF
THE STORM AND SNOW ACCUMULATIONS. MONITOR THE LATEST FORECAST AT
WEATHER.GOV/BIS.

Mercer & Oliver County Fire Ban in North Dakota is lifted while conditions remain in the 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.

Due to the Very High Fire Danger Rating for Mercer & Oliver Counties in North Dakota, the Stage I Fire Ban is now in Effect until Further Notice!

According to the Bismarck Weather Service, the Fire Danger Rating for Mercer & Oliver County is Very High today and they don’t expect it to go lower over the next couple days. So the Stage I Fire Ban is now in Effect until Further Notice.

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 High, 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 $1500.00 AND 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!

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.

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