Safe to burn for now in Ward County

MINOT, N.D. - Many counties in our region have declared burn bans, but Ward County is still in the clear.

In fact, only a handful of days have been deemed high fire risk so far this year. There’s even more rain on the way.

However, conditions can change quickly and it's important to know good habits that prevent grass fires when they do.

The Minot Rural Fire Chief Rex Weltikol reminds residents that it's important to monitor backyard fires and fully put out cigarette butts. He said to make sure you check the fire index before you burn.

“Just be cautious about your open flames and your smoking habits and things like that. Common sense goes a long way,” said Weltikol.

You can find more information about how to say updated on the fire index by visiting the Minot Rural Fire Department website: http://www.minotrural.org/