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As of August 15th, The Mercer & Oliver County Fire Bans have been Lifted!

Due to the continued Precipitation that we have received over the past couple weeks and the green up of the country side, the Mercer & Oliver County Fire Bans have been lifted.

We are asking all controlled burns to 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!

 

As of July 11th, 2017, Mercer & Oliver Counties are in a Stage I Burn Ban Until Further Notice!

Due to the extreme hot and dry weather we are experiencing, the Mercer & Oliver Counties are in a Stage I Burn Ban until further notice.

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 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 Sheriff’s office, 745-3333, when the fire starts and then another call when the fire has been extinguished. Thank You!

Please Visit www.mercercounty911.com for Fire Ban Updates.

 

 

 

 

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

The Mercer-Oliver County Emergency Manager wants to remind Folks to shoot off fireworks with caution. Remember when the Stage I Burn Ban is in effect and you choose to shoot fireworks off within an area that may start a fire you are liable, & subject to being fined $1500 and 30 days in jail.

The Mercer & Oliver Counties, which includes all Cities within the associated 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 and/or Oliver Counties. 

Cities with Fireworks Bans:

As of 6/19/17, City of Beulah has restricted all use of fireworks until further notice. Violators could be fined $1,000.

City of Zap has banned fireworks from 6/27/17-7/5/17. Violators are subject to a fine of $1,500 &/or 30 days in jail.

As of 6/27/17, the City of Pick City has banned fireworks until further notice.

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

(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.  (This includes Fireworks!!)

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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