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August 3, 2021

BILLINGS COUNTY TOTAL BURN BAN

RESOLUTION NO. 2021- 17
TOTAL BURN BAN - BILLINGS COUNTY, ND
August 3, 2021

WHEREAS, the Billings County Board of Commissioners recognized that abnormally dry or drought conditions combined with high winds and almost daily fire responses within Billings County; and

WHEREAS, all available resources remain committed to protecting life and property; and

WHEREAS, the impact of fires threatens the health, well-being,and safety of citizens in Billings county; and

WHEREAS, the cost of response and the inordinate equipment wear may be far in excess of available County resources; and

WHEREAS, the Daily Fire Danger Index does not realistically reflect the propensity for wildland fires; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Billings County Board of Commissioners declares a Total Burn Ban on open burning in Billings County {regardless of fire danger categories assigned per the North Dakota Fire Danger Rating Map) effectively immediately until further notice. The only allowed exceptions are the responsible use of gas grills used at a safe distance from combustible materials. This ban will be reviewed periodically as conditions improve.

THE PENALTY FOR VIOLATION OF THIS BURN BAN IS A CLASS B MISDEMEANOR (NDCC 37-17.0-10.1: MAXIMUM SENTENCE OF 30 DAYS IN JAIL AND $1,500 FINE, AND RESTITUTION OF FIRE SUPPRESSION COSTS MAY BE SOUGHT FROM THE COURT).

What is banned?
• Garbage burning, campfires, burning of farm or crop land, unnecessary off-road motorized travel, ignition of fireworks, and outdoor smoking.
• No travel is to be allowed off of surfaced roadways normally used for vehicle traffic except as necessary for normal farmer/rancher or industry operations. Industrial operating crews and farmer/rancher operations shall have fire extinguishers and normal fire-fighting equipment at ha nd, and industrial personnel shall remain at the job site one­ half hour after daily operations are completed
Dated at Medora, ND, this 3rd day of August, 2021
Billings County North Dakota
Dated at Medora, ND, this 3rd day of August, 2021
Billings County North Dakota

By: Michael Kasian, Chairman
Attest: Marcia Lamb, County Auditor

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