Morton County has lifted its total burn ban.

The county commission ended the total ban Wednesday that has restricted open burning and the use of fireworks in all unincorporated areas of Morton County regardless of fire danger since June 8.

The county will now revert back to the Fire Emergency and Burn Ban declared on April 13.

“We are very thankful for the recent rain which has helped to alleviate some fire concerns within the county,” Morton County Commission Chairman Cody Schulz said. “However, we are still experiencing drought conditions and while the fire dangers are lowered, we ask everyone to remain cautious to avoid accidental ignitions.”

Due to the fire potential that still remains, no burning will be allowed when the North Dakota Rangeland Fire Danger Rating is in the High, Very High or Extreme category or when a Red Flag Warning has been issued. The ban does not include gas, charcoal or wood fired grills, screened patio fireplaces or chimineas, gas camp stoves and smokers within the City Limits of Almont, Flasher, Hebron, Mandan and New Salem.

The fire rating and additional information can be found at https://www.nd.gov/des/planning/fire-danger-awareness/Default.asp.

The penalty for violation of this burn ban is a class B misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of 30 days in jail and $1,500 fine.

Reach Jessica Holdman at 701-250-8261 or jessica.holdman@bismarcktribune.com

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