Burn bans are lifted in Stark County, Oahe Wildlife Management Area
DICKINSON - The county-wide burn ban that was placed on Stark County on April 1, 2008, has been lifted. Stark County Emergency Manager Gary Kostelecky reported yesterday morning that open burning is now allowed in Stark County.
"The burn ban is lifted, but it's still subject to the rangeland fire index, which means that anytime we get into the high, very high, or extreme category, or there's a red flag warning, then we apply those restrictions," Kostelecky said.
He added the recent rainfall has greened-up the county, lowering the risks of open burning.
"Should it become dry again...I will reissue it again, but right now I think we've got enough moisture and enough coming that we can take a chance and ask people's cooperation...to make sure that we don't have any incidents," Kostelecky said.
Meanwhile, the North Dakota Game and Fish (NDGF) also has removed the open burning ban on the Oahe Wildlife Management Area.
According to a news release from the NDGF, Jeb Williams, wildlife resource management supervisor, the department is currently not as concerned with fuel loads in the area.
"We have seen a significant green-up in this area as a result of recent rains," Williams said in the news release.
The Oahe Wildlife Management Area covers more than 16,000 acres along Lake Oahe, south of the Bismarck-Mandan area, in portions of Burleigh, Emmons and Morton counties.