Burn Ban Issued for County

Heidi Harris
Staff Writer

The Barnes County Sheriff's Office notified the Times-Record Wednesday afternoon that because of dry conditions coupled with high winds, Barnes County Commissioners have declared a fire emergency and burn ban.

A release said the ban includes garbage and pit burning, campfires and burning of farm or cropland.

Commissioners will decide on the length of the burn ban at its Oct. 20 meeting.

The release said several rural fires have already occurred as a result of current conditions and all available resources remain committed to protecting life and property.

"The impact of fires could threaten the health, well-being and safety of citizens of Barnes County," the release says in part. "The cost of response and inordinate equipment wear may be far in excess of available county resources."

The penalty for violating the burn ban is a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.