Williams County burn restriction extended

(WILLIAMS COUNTY) -- The burn restriction in Williams County has been extended.

The Williams County Commission extended the restriction in their meeting this week. The restriction is now extended through the end of the calendar year, and will be in effect whenever the North Dakota Rangeland Fire Danger Rating is Very High or Extreme and/or a Red Flag Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for Williams County, same as the restriction earlier in the year.

North Dakota legislation now requires entities to use the language “restriction” instead of “ban.”

The Burn Restriction includes the ignition of fireworks, burning of leaves, grass clippings, garbage/pits, construction debris, fallen trees, crop residue or hay land, sloughs, and campfires/bonfires/recreation fire. Additionally, when the Fire Danger Rating is Extreme and/or a Red Flag Warning has been issued, unnecessary off-road motorized travel is not allowed.

The use of controlled devices is allowed if they are located on a hard, non-organic surface at least 15 feet away from vegetation and a fire extinguisher or water is available on-site. Controlled devices include items such as gas, charcoal, wood-fired/pellet grills, gas patio fireplaces and chimneys, gas camp stoves, and smokers/pellet grills.