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Since we are expected to receive precipitation over the next 5 days, the Mercer County Burn Ban has been rescinded.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!

Mercer County, ND is now under a Stage I Burn Ban Until Further Notice!

Mercer County is now under a Stage I Burn Ban due to the dry weather, and large amounts of fuel on the ground.
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 (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.

Hazardous Winter Weather is possible for West/Central North Dakota, from Saturday Night (November 22, 2014) and Sunday – Monday (November 23-24, 2014)

Just in from the Bismarck Weather Service:

Hazardous winter weather is possible from Saturday Night (November 22, 2014) and Sunday – Monday (November 23-24, 2014). Here are the key points:

• Mixed Precipitation (including Sleet and Light Freezing Rain) POSSIBLE Saturday Evening – Early Sunday Morning…spreading east across West/Central ND.
• Snow Showers and strong northwest winds gusting to 40-50 mph developing west to east Sunday Morning and Sunday Afternoon across West/Central ND…ending late Sunday Night into Monday from west to east.
• Combination of Blowing and Falling snow will reduced visibilities.
• Accumulations near One inch possible.
• Existing snow unlikely to blow around due to our warm temperatures today and forecast Saturday.
Main impact will be hazardous travel.

Keep up to date through the weekend: www.weather.gov/bis

The National Weather Service in Bismarck has Issued a Wind Advisory for all of Western & Central North Dakota!

The National Weather Service in Bismarck has issued a wind advisory for all of western and central North Dakota, in effect today (Friday, November 7, 2014). Wind speeds up to 50 mph will occur.
Rain on Sunday is forecast to change to snow and continue into Monday. Significant snow amounts are possible over parts of the area, especially the southwest. This will be followed by much colder weather through next week.
The forecast for Sunday and Monday is evolving. Keep up to date by frequently checking the NWS Bismarck homepage at www.weather.gov/bis

Public Flood & Severe Weather Information Meeting on Tuesday, October 28th at 7 pm (CT) at the Beulah Civic Center!

Mercer County and the City of Beulah did not qualify for FEMA Public Assistance, so there will be a Public Flood & Severe Weather Information Meeting on Tuesday, October 28th at 7pm (CT) at the Beulah Civic Center, to discuss and inform residents what they can do, to better protect themselves. This Meeting will discuss a large range of topics to include high water tables, seepage in basements, flood insurance, an update on City of Beulah sewer & drainage systems and the winter outlook for 2015. Everyone is welcome!

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