Mercer & Oliver Counties are Under a Burn Ban that is Tied to the Fire Danger Ratings Map!

As of April 26th Mercer & Oliver Counties, which includes all Cities within the County Boundaries, 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 and/or Oliver Counties. Please check the ND Fire Danger Ratings Map daily at the following website & scroll down to the middle: https://www.nd.gov/des/Default.asp

(Note: The Fire Danger Rating changes every day & is based on how fast a fire will burn.)

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.

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 AND 30 DAYS IN JAIL. THE MERCER  & OLIVER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT IS AUTHORIZED TO ISSUE CITATIONS TO VIOLATORS.

When the Burn Ban is not in effect, 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!

 

Heavy Snow Possible for Most of Southern North Dakota Saturday Night through Sunday, April 8th, 2018!

4-6 inches of Snow is expected over Southern North Dakota, to include Mercer & Oliver Counties starting Saturday night and going through Sunday. Patchy blowing and drifting snow can make travel hazardous. Stay Safe & Keep up to date at: http: www.weather.gov/bis

 

Mercer & Oliver Counties in North Dakota now included in Winter Storm Warning in Effect from 4am Friday, March 23rd, to 7am Saturday, March 24th!

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE from the National Weather Service Bismarck ND at 10:15 AM CDT  on Thursday,  March 22nd  2018.

WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM CDT FRIDAY TO 7 AM CDT SATURDAY…

* WHAT…Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 10 inches with localized amounts up to 12 inches. A light glaze of ice is possible Friday night with freezing drizzle.

* WHERE…Dunn, Mercer, Oliver and Morton counties.

* WHEN…From 4 AM Friday to 7 AM CDT Saturday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Plan on difficult travel conditions Friday, including during the morning commute. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph will cause near whiteout conditions at times.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow, sleet and ice will make travel very hazardous or impossible. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

Stay up-to-date with the Weather at https://www.weather.gov/bis/

 

A Winter Storm Watch has been Issued for the Western Half of North Dakota!

The Bismarck National Weather Service is stating the following weather information for our area over the next 4 days:

*Winter storm could start as early as Saturday afternoon and end as late as Tuesday Evening.

*Will start as rain/freezing rain then slowly turn into snow.

*Temperatures will start off in the mid-thirties on Saturday through Sunday and cool off into the teens on Monday & Tuesday.

*High winds could cause near blizzard conditions.

*7-14 inches of snow is expected, amounts will vary depending on how long it rains.

*Over the next 12-36 hours the heaviest band of snow will be shifting around.

Keep updated on the weather at: https://www.weather.gov/bis/

 

Stay Safe and Be Prepared!

 

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Significant Temperature Change Starting Thursday, December 21st through the End of the Year for Western & Central North Dakota!

As of 12/14/2017, The National Weather Service Bismarck is forecasting the following for our area:

On Thursday, December 21st through the end of the year, a Weather pattern change will bring much colder air into the Northern Plains with below average highs and lows (Dangerous wind chills possible). This will affect all western and central North Dakota. Impacts will include an increased threat for frostbite and hypothermia.

Stay Safe, be prepared and always use common sense.

Keep up to date with the weather at www.weather.gov/bis.

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