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Significant Snow Accumulations & Dangerous Wind Chills starting Sunday Morning, February 3rd, 2019

The National Weather Service out of Bismarck is forecasting that the Mercer & Oliver County Areas, can expect from 4 – 8″ of snow from Sunday morning through Monday morning and wind chills to be near -31 Degrees Fahrenheit all next week.  A Winter Storm Warning will be in effect from 9 am (CST) on Sunday morning through noon on Monday, February 4th, 2019.

Please stay safe and keep up to date on the weather at: www.weather.gov/bis.

Weekend Snow & Wind Followed By Dangerous Cold that will Continue all of Next Week!

The National Weather Service of Bismarck reports; on Saturday, January 26th, 2019, a wintry mix of rain/snow can be expected in Western North Dakota, with light snow in the Central Areas. Heavier snow, stronger winds & blowing snow is expected on Sunday & Sunday night. Very strong winds will occur in Western North Dakota on Sunday Night, with 60 mph gusts possible. A prolonged period of dangerous wind chills are expected all of next week. Wind chills near -50F possible.

Be Safe and Always Carry a Survival Kit for Winter Driving if you are Traveling.

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

 

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Mercer & Oliver Counties are Under a Burn Ban that is Tied to the Fire Danger Ratings Map! Stage I Burn Ban in Effect during Red Flag Warning!

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 bottom: http://www.ndresponse.gov/burn-ban-restrictions-fire-danger-maps

(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!

 

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