Burn Ban Policy
Bottineau County has a Burn Ban policy that automatically goes into effect whenever the ND Fire Danger Index is in the HIGH, VERY HIGH, or EXTREME status and/or a Red Flag Warning has been issued for Bottineau County.
Bottineau County Burn Policy follows the recommendations found in the ND Fire Danger Guide (Click Here). Please use this guide to determine what types of fires are permitted based on the current Fire Danger Index (Click Here).
Bottineau County has an automated "hotline" to call for Bottineau County and Renville County to hear the current burn ban status. You can also use this number to report your controlled burn to the 911 Dispatch Center through the automated system or with a dispatcher to prevent a Fire Department from being dispatched if it is unnecessary.
The 911 Dispatch Center requests that you report any planned large-scale
fire that someone might call 9-1-1 to report as an Emergency.
Small recreational fires do not need to be reported.
In order to determine if a Burn Ban is in effect you must check both the ND Fire Danger Index AND if a RED FLAG WARNING has been issued by the National Weather Service.
Links to both of these sites are below.
A link to the ND Fire Danger guide is provided to establish what type of Burning, Fires, or Recreational Activities are allowed during the current Fire Danger Rating.
Curious how the ND Fire Danger Rating is established?
Watch this 10 minute video from the National Weather Service in Bismarck.
Any individual who willfully violates this burn policy is guilty of a Class B Misdemeanor (UP TO 30 DAYS IN JAIL AND A $1,500.00 FINE). The Bottineau County Sheriff's Department is authorized to issue citations to violators, per NDCC 37-17.1-10