Traill County leaders delayed passage of a countywide burn ban on Tuesday but gave Sheriff Steve Hunt the green light to introduce a ban if drought conditions worsen in the region.
In lieu of an immediate ban, the Traill County Board of Commissioners approved a one-page declaration that will trigger a fire emergency and countywide burn ban under one of two conditions.
Those conditions include either a red flag warning being issued for Traill County or the county receiving an extreme danger rating in the North Dakota Rangeland Fire Danger Index.
Hunt said the declaration would allow authorities to be more responsive to fire dangers, rather than waiting for the approval of the county board, which typically convenes twice a month.
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