Williams County Burn Ban
The Fire Emergency and Automatic Burn Ban includes a ban on the ignition of fireworks, garbage burning, campfires, burning of farm or crop land, and unnecessary off-road motorized travel whenever the Fire Danger Index has a status of High, Very High, or Extreme Status and/or a Red Flag Warning has been issued for Williams County.
Any individual who willfully violates the burn ban is guilty of a Class B Misdemeanor (NDCC 37-220.127.116.11: maximum sentence of 30 days in jail and a $1,500 fine).
Burning is allowed with a Low or Moderate Fire Danger Rating or upon
approval of the local fire response authority having jurisdiction over
the designated area in Williams County. See below for how to determine the Fire Danger Rating.
Information about open burning can be found below.
North Dakota Fire Danger Rating
The current ND Fire
Danger Rating information and Fire Weather Forecasts, including Red
Flag Warnings, can be found on the National Weather Service
website or on the ND Response
The ND Fire Danger Rating is issued each morning during fire season,
typically April 1 to October 31. Although not very often, there are
times when weather conditions that develop during the day result in a
change to fire conditions. It is critical that you verify the current
Fire Danger Rating and local burn ban restrictions BEFORE
burning and participating in outdoor activities.
person may conduct, cause or permit the conduct of a salvage operation by open
burning, and the burning of refuse and other combustible material by open
burning is generally restricted. However, there are some categories of
permissible open burning; some of these are as follows:
Fires for the instruction and training of firefighting
Campfires and other fires for the outdoor preparation
Agricultural crop burning
of these categories require prior Department approval or notification. Please
refer to ND Century Code Section 33.1-15-04-02 for clarification and additional
In order to legally burn any material that is not
specifically listed as permissible, an application for open burning variance must be completed. The application must be signed by the city or rural fire department prior to submittal to the
Upper Missouri District Health Unit.
Click here to download the application; once completed and signed, it should be returned to:
Upper Missouri District Health Unit
110 W. Broadway – Suite 101
Williston, ND 58801-6032
No burning of trade waste or materials
that generate hazardous air pollutants such as rubber products (tires), tar
paper, asphalt shingles, plastics or treated wood products will be approved.
Alternatives to burning must be investigated and the request to burn must be
fully justified. Cost of alternative disposal is not sufficient justification
by itself. Not all variance applications will be approved.
of whether or not the burning is permissible under the rules or whether a
variance to open burn has been issued, all open burning must comply with all of
the conditions contained in Subsection 33.1-15-04.2. Some of these conditions are as
No public nuisance is or will be created
No occupied building may be impacted by air
contaminants from the burning
No traffic hazards can be created
The burning must be attended and supervised at all