Fire danger map March 2021

The North Dakota Fire Danger Map issued Thursday morning moved Traill County into the moderate or blue danger category due to dry conditions in the area. The county was listed in the low or green danger category earlier this week.

Traill County Sheriff Steve Hunt plans to ask county commissioners on Tuesday morning to introduce a burn ban due to dry conditions and increased fire dangers in the county.

A U.S. Drought Monitor map released March 2 indicated more than two-thirds of North Dakota was considered in a severe drought following an abnormally dry winter.

Eighteen counties across the state have introduced burn bans, with a majority of those lumped together in southwestern North Dakota.

However, counties closer to Traill County, including Griggs and Barnes, have approved bans recently.

Unless the Red River Valley receives more precipitation in the form of snow or rain soon, Traill County will need to be added to that list, Hunt said.

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