As of May 5th, Mercer & Oliver Counties are under a Burn Ban tied to the Fire Danger Rating Map!

Mercer & Oliver Counties are now under a Burn Ban that is only in effect when the Fire Danger Rating is High, Very High, Extreme and/or a Red Flag Warning has been issued. Fire Danger Rating Map is found at: http://www.nd.gov/des/planning/fire-danger-awareness/   Scroll to middle of the page, look for “North Dakota Fire Danger Rating Map.”
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.
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…
When the Burn Ban is not in effect, we are asking that all controlled burns be reported to the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, 745-3333, when the fire starts and then another call when the fire has been extinguished.
Thank You for using Common Sense and Always Burning Responsibly!

 

Mercer & Oliver Counties in North Dakota have lifted their Fire Bans as of Monday, April 18th, 2016!

The Mercer & Oliver County Fire Bans have been lifted due to significant moisture received over the weekend.

 

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Mercer & Oliver Counties in North Dakota, are now under a Stage I Burn Ban Until Further Notice!

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.

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 AND 30 DAYS IN JAIL. THE MERCER & OLIVER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENTS ARE 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!

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