Open Burning Rules and Regulations
McKenzie County Office of Emergency Management and the Upper Missouri District
Health Unit are working together to get safety information out on open burning.
has been much confusion within McKenzie County on the proper steps people
should take for open burning.” says Karolin Jappe, McKenzie County Emergency
Manager. “That is why we want to take this opportunity to educate the community
on the process and how to burn safely.”
first place to start is to get a burn permit application from UMDHU. This application
can be found on their website at
Oil, rubber, asphalt and other materials that produce unreasonable amounts of
air contaminants cannot be burned. Companies cannot get burn permits for
anything considered trade waste such as pallets, spools etc and will have to
find alternative methods of disposal. Agricultural burning does not need a
permit but should still follow the rest of the steps. The permit application
will need to be filled out completely and returned to the UMDHU Williston
office during regular business hours which includes a signature of the Fire
Chief. The permit if granted is then valid for 60 days.
receiving the permit the instructions on the permit need to be followed. Most
importantly the McKenzie County Sheriff’s department (701.444.3654 ext. 1) will
need to be notified at least two hours prior to the burn. Burning activities
must be attended and supervised at all times burning is in progress and burning
is not allowed if the Fire Index is in the High, Very High, or Extreme category
and/or a Red Flag Warning has been issued for McKenzie County, North
Dakota. See the following website
for Fire Index.
fires can be dangerous and every year in the Unites States result in loss of
lives and property. The McKenzie County Office of Emergency Management and
UMDHU know that the people in McKenzie County realize how devastating that can
be. For more information contact Karolin Jappe at 701-580-6936 or Daphne Clark
(UMDHU) at 877-572-3763.