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Fire Danger Still a Threat in Southwest

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Fire danger is not typically a concern during deer season, but this year could be an exception in the southwestern part of the state.

Jeb Williams, North Dakota Game and Fish Department assistant wildlife chief, said even though much of the state has received much-needed moisture the past few weeks, some areas are still dry. “With temperatures forecasted to be in the 40s on the Nov. 9 deer opener, we encourage hunters to use common sense and to exercise caution to prevent fires,” Williams said.

Typically fire is not a big concern in November, but the threat exists as long as there is no snow cover. Hunters should carry a cell phone in the vehicle, along with shovels, fire extinguishers, extra water and heavy fabric for putting out accidental fires. However, individuals who are not trained firefighters should not attempt to fight a fire that is out of control. Instead, contact the nearest fire department immediately.

Information on the daily fire danger index is available on the Game and Fish website, gf.nd.gov. Local jurisdictions may also institute burn bans that are more restrictive than the fire danger index. Contact the local emergency manager to inquire about the status of fire restrictions that may be in place.