North Dakota records approximately 1,800
fire incidents each year. Fires within the state are classified as
urban fires or wildland fires. Major causes of urban fires include
electrically related structural and vehicle fires, incendiary-arson,
unattended cooking fires, smoking materials, heating devices, fuel
systems, sparks, hazardous material spills, and spontaneous combustion.
sources of wildland fires include lightning, inadequate measures for
controlled burns, smoking, and sparks from farm machinery and trains.
Fires in areas of high fuel content, if not quickly detected and
suppressed, can rapidly flare out of control, threaten lives and cause
major damage to habitat, crops, livestock, wildlife, and structural
Local (city/county/tribal) jurisdictions may institute
burn bans, in accordance with the fire danger index, if conditions
require. Information about the Williams County Burn Ban and open burning can be found here.