Fire Danger Awareness
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. Contact your local emergency manager to inquire about the
status of fire restrictions that may be in place.
North Dakota Fire Danger Rating
The Fire Danger Rating is issued by the Fire Sciences Lab of the US
Forest Service and available on the National Weather Service website: www.weather.gov/bis
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. Current ND Fire
Danger Rating information and Fire Weather Forecasts, to include Red
Flag Warnings, are located on the National Weather Service website: www.weather.gov/bis/fire
LinksFire Weather Watches, Warnings, and ForecastsInteragency Dispatch CenterND Fire MarshalND Forest Service
DocumentsWildland Fires - FAQsFile Size: 486.71 kbFire Danger Guide - 2015File Size: 622.9 kbBurn Ban GuidelinesFile Size: 57.74 kbBe Ready-WildfiresFile Size: 345.29 kbWildfire RoundupFile Size: 556.35 kbWildfire Safety TipsFile Size: 557 kb
For information on burning restrictions and prohibitions contact your local emergency manager or fire department.