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With the arrival of warmer temperatures, low humidity, low moisture, and windy conditions, the Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory has set the Fire Danger Rating in the Bismarck area at High.
A High fire danger rating means that all fine dead fuels will ignite readily, and fires start easily from most causes. Unattended brush and campfires are likely to escape. Fires spread rapidly and short-distance spotting is common. High-intensity burning may develop on slopes or in concentrations of fine fuels. Fires may become serious and their control difficult unless they are extinguished successfully while small.
Wildfires can be started in many ways. Safety chains dragging behind a trailer or boat can cause sparks, that can start a wildland fire. Heat from exhaust pipes and catalytic converters can start a fire when driving off-road. A metal lawnmower blade striking a rock can create sparks and start fire as well.
There are many homes within Bismarck City limits that are exposed to risk of Wildfire because they are located in Wildland-Urban Interface Areas. The Wildland-Urban Interface is an area where human made structures and infrastructure (e.g., cell towers, schools, water supply facilities, etc.) are in or adjacent to areas prone to wildfire.
Wildfire doesn’t have to burn everything in its path. In fact, cleaning your property of debris and maintaining your landscaping are important first steps to helping minimize damage and loss. The work you do today can make a difference.
For more information on how you can prepare your property for Wildfire visit the Bismarck Fire Department’s webpage at Wildland and Urban Interface.