Bismarck, ND, March 18, 2020— Local firefighters are preparing for a busy spring fire season. Since January, across North Dakota firefighters have responded to 64 wildfires consuming 21,514 acres, a major increase from the reported 11,584 total acres burned in 2020.
“We are partnering with Local, State, and Federal fire agencies to ensure quick response and a coordinated attack of new wildfires. Firefighters can’t do it alone” says US Forest Service Fire Management Officer, Justin Kincaid. “The public plays a valuable role in wildfire prevention, and we ask for everyone’s help.”
The North Dakota Forest Service reported 518 human caused wildfires in 2020. All human caused wildfires are preventable by following a few simple fire prevention measures and staying up to date on local weather forecasts and conditions.
You can do your part to mitigate the start of a wildland fires by:
- Ensuring your agriculture and recreation equipment is properly maintained
- Traveling only on designated roadways and avoid driving on dry brush or grass
- Being extremely cautions if burning debris and follow guidelines set by local Counties and the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality https://ndresponse.gov/burn-ban-restrictions-fire-danger-maps
- Carrying a shovel, extra water, and fire extinguisher when target shooting
- Recreating responsibility and contacting your local public land office for a list of current conditions, restrictions, and closures
“We can expect this type of fire activity until spring green up occurs. If drought conditions persist into summer, new season grasses may cure early, leading to an earlier than average summer/fall fire season” states National Weather Service Meteorologist, Jeff Schild.
Unseasonably dry and warm conditions have compelled many Counties to issue Burn Ban Restrictions. For a list of current fire restrictions please visit https://ndresponse.gov/burn-ban-restrictions-fire-danger-maps