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Governor Dalrymple has extended the Statewide Burn Ban through May 8 due to continued dry conditions across much of the state. The burn ban includes the City of Bismarck.
In response to the extremely dry weather conditions that have created a serious fire threat, the Bismarck Fire Department asks citizens to refrain from the use of recreational fires when the fire danger rating is designated in the high, very high, or extreme categories and/or when a Red flag warning has been issued for the area. When the fire danger rating is in the low to moderate category, recreational fires are allowed within the city limits.
• All smoking materials should be disposed of in proper containers. Remember; never throw cigarette butts out of the windows of vehicles. • Do not burn any recreational fires whether in a fire pit, outdoor fireplace or in an approved appliance.• Do not use charcoal grills in parks or recreational areas. • Remain extra vigilant when using gasoline-powered tools and equipment around vegetation. These include lawn mowers, lawn trimmers, chain saws, lawn tractors, etc.
Gas grills are allowed. Ensure it is on a flat surface and all hoses and connections are in good condition to reduce the possibility of malfunction.
Charcoal grills are allowed in one or two-family dwellings or approved events. Give the grill a thorough inspection before use and do not leave it unattended. When done grilling, extinguish the charcoal with water or leave the coals in a cover metal container. Charcoal grills should not be used during Very High, Extreme or Red Flag conditions.
Please check the fire danger rating each day by going to: www.weather.gov/bis/fire.
The Bismarck Fire Department appreciates the public’s cooperation in helping keep our community safe. The restrictions should be followed until conditions improve.
The fire danger rating for Tuesday, May 5, 2015 is: High
Recreational fires in Bismarck are regulated and include: chimineas, fire pits, outdoor fireplaces, and portable outdoor fireplaces. These fires are limited to a total fuel area of 3’ diameter x 2’ height. Never leave a recreational fire unattended and extinguish it before retiring for the evening.
We ask for the cooperation of residents to refrain from the use of recreational fires and to use common sense when weather conditions are windy and dry.
For more information and to learn more about chimineas and fire pit safety please visit: chimineas and fire pits.