Recent warm, dry and windy weather has created high fire danger conditions across northeast North Dakota.

Pembina, Cavalier and Traill counties implemented burning bans last week, according to the ndresponse.gov website. Fire danger is high across much of the state, with the exception of parts of southeast North Dakota.

Credit: ndresponse.gov
Credit: ndresponse.gov

DNR conservation officers in recent days have responded to numerous fire-related calls in northwest Minnesota, as well, including arson fires in Marshall and Kittson counties, the DNR’s Division of Enforcement reported Monday. Officers also issued citations for negligent acts that resulted in wildfires.

“Escaped debris burns are the number one cause of wildfires. That’s why we issue these restrictions,” said Casey McCoy, DNR fire prevention supervisor. “They really work – we’ve reduced wildfires by nearly a third since we started spring burning restrictions.”

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For more information, visit ndresponse.gov/burn-ban-restrictions-fire-danger-map.