Emergency burn ban approved for Ward County

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MINOT, N.D. - With the dry conditions over the past few weeks, Ward County Commissioners have approved an emergency burn ban.

Restrictions will be based on the North Dakota Fire Index. The U.S. Forest Service issues the North

Dakota Fire Danger Rating each morning at around 6:45 during fire season. When the rating is low or moderate residents can burn. However, when the if the fire index is high, very high, extreme or red flag warning residents are not permitted to burn.

”Right now we are at low because of the humidity and the cooler temperatures this morning so as of today you could burn, but with this weekend getting back up into the 90s and the winds increasing that might be putting us at high or very high,” said Amanda Schooling, emergency management director.

A high rating would include no open burning, while very high through the Red Flag rating would include no open burning as well as no fireworks and Recreational Fires. This will be in effect until Oct. 1.

You can find the fire index's on the National Weather Service's website which is www.weather.gov/fgf/fire