As of April 19th, Mercer County, which includes all Cities within the County, will be under a Stage I Burn Ban ONLY WHEN the ND Fire Danger Ratings Map shows high, very high, extreme and/or a Red Flag warning has been issued for Mercer County. You can see the ND Fire Danger Ratings Map if you go to the following website & scroll down to the middle: https://www.nd.gov/des/Default.asp
A Stage I Burn Ban 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.
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.
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 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 Sheriff’s office, 745-3333, when the fire starts and then another call when the fire has been extinguished. Thank You!