WILLISTON, N.D. - It may not feel like it when you step outside, but McKenzie County Emergency Management says it's a High Fire Index Danger Day.
Director Karolin Jappe says even though it doesn't look sunny and hot, the wind is a big problem because it can spread a fire very quickly.
Emergency Management says no one is allowed to burn anything in McKenzie County when the fire index is above moderate. The county requires burn permits year round, with exception to agriculture burning, but when the fire index is high, all burning is banned.
Jappe says while the burn ban is automatic in these conditions, the official burn ban that determines what can and cannot be burned from April till Oct. 31 will be put in place by the county commission next week.
People who violate the burn ban may face fines.
To check the fire index you can go to the NDResponse website.