Emmons County Institutes Burn Ban and Bans Discharge of Fireworks
June 13, 2017: Emmons County affirmed the June 9th Fire Emergency and Burn Ban with the inclusion of a ban on the discharge of fireworks and luminaries (lanterns) regardless of the Fire Danger Rating. Despite the recent moisture received, the area remains under abnormally dry conditions. The priorities continue to be life safety and preservation of property.
The burn ban (to include a ban on garbage/pit burning, campfires, and burning of farm or crop land) remains in effect when the North Dakota Rangeland Fire Danger Rating is “High”, “Very High”, “Extreme”, and/or a Red Flag Warning has been issued. Again, fireworks and luminaries are banned regardless of the Fire Danger Rating.
THE PENALTY FOR VIOLATION OF THIS BURN BAN IS A CLASS B MISDEMEANOR (NDCC 37-17.1-10.1: MAXIMUM SENTENCE OF 30 DAYS IN JAIL AND $1,500 FINE).
The Rangeland Fire Rating is available on the ND Department of Emergency Services' website.
Emmons County was organized in 1883 and has a colorful history. Its early political history had a virtual battle waged between Linton and Williamsport. It eventually ended up in Linton, after moving the county seat to Linton the Patterson lean-to was used until an official courthouse was built in 1901 and has had 3 different courthouse buildings. The current building was constructed in 1934.
Today we are still running county government out of the 1934 Courthouse. There are currently 33 officials and staff and 5 commissioners that manage the county’s government issues.
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