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Emergency Management

FIRE EMERGENCY AND BURN BAN ORDER 
for 
McKENZIE COUNTY, NORTH DAKOTA 
July 5th, 2017 

WHEREAS, the McKenzie County has already ordered multiple Fire Emergency and Burn Bans starting with one dated April 18 th , 2017; and  
WHEREAS, McKenzie County, North Dakota has endured abnormally dry conditions compiled with high winds (currently in a drought), and several fires have already occurred as a result of these conditions; and  WHEREAS, the impact of fires, especially from the ignition of fireworks, could threaten the health, well-being, and safety of citizens in McKenzie County, and that all available resources remain committed to protecting life and property; and 
WHEREAS, the cost of response, the inordinate equipment wear, and fire damages may be far in excess of available County and Fire District resources; and 
WHEREAS, the McKenzie County Emergency Manager has consulted with various Fire Districts located within McKenzie County; and, 
WHEREAS, under N.D.C.C. 37-17.1-10, the McKenzie County Board of County Commissioners has the authority to renew or continue the Fire Emergency and Burn Ban beyond 7 days.  
 
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the McKenzie County Board of County Commissioners declares a continued Fire Emergency, and amends any prior Fire Emergency and Burn Bans to include a ban of ignition of fireworks, garbage burning, campfires, burning of farm or crop land, and unnecessary off-road motorized travel when ANY portion of McKenzie County is in the High, Very High, or Extreme category under the North Dakota Rangeland Fire Index, or a red flag warning has been issued for McKenzie County, or as determined to be necessary by the McKenzie County Emergency Manager. 

The daily category by the Rangeland Fire Index can be found at: http://www.nd.gov/des

Additionally, there is a complete ban on the ignition of fireworks, regardless of the North Dakota Rangeland Fire Index. Any prior Fire Emergency and Burn Bans issued by McKenzie County are rescinded and replaced by this ban. This Fire Emergency and Burn Ban will expire on October 31, 2017. 

ANY INDIVIDUAL WHO WILLFULLY VIOLATES THE BURN BAN IS GUILTY OF A CLASS B MISDEMEANOR (N.D.C.C. 37-17.1-10.1) WITH A MAXIMUM SENTENCE OF 30 DAYS IN JAIL AND A $1500 FINE. RESTITUTION OF FIRE SUPPRESSION COSTS MAY BE SOUGHT BY THE COURT. 
 
 DATED at Watford City, North Dakota this 5th day of July, 2017.



Severe Summer Weather

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It seems many of us pay no attention to the weather until it is severe or has negatively impacted us in some way. Weather affects our safety and well-being, our family's safety, and our pocketbooks. Think of how wind and hail has an impact on our home and auto insurance rates. Think of how one tornado nearly destroyed Northwood in 2007, severely impacting the residents' way of life. Think about how the weather impacts the agricultural industry and the lives of farm families in North Dakota. 

Every year, the National Weather Service, local emergency managers, and the ND Department of Emergency Services, as well as other interested groups collaborate together to inform the public about severe summer weather and steps we all can take to keep ourselves, our families, and our property safe.
For more information about summer weather, please visit the National Weather Service (NWS) website..
www.crh.noaa.gov/bis

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