Hunters Be Aware of Dry
In recognition of extreme dry conditions in North Dakota's
countryside, State Game and Fish Department officials are urging hunters to
use caution while in the field this fall.
Hunters are especially
encouraged to be aware of the statewide Fire Danger Index, which can
restrict hunter activities. "Hunters have a proven track record of safe
behavior during dry times," said Dean Hildebrand, game and fish director.
"In fact, hunters in the field can help discover, report and suppress fires
started by others."
Hunters should consider carrying in their vehicles shovels, fire
extinguishers, extra water and heavy fabric for putting out fires,
Hildebrand added. "Cell phones are most helpful. Be prepared and know where
to call to report an emergency."
The Fire Danger Index is issued by the National Weather Service to alert
the public to conditions that may be conducive to accidental starting or
spread of fires. The Index can change from day to day depending on
temperature, wind and precipitation forecasts.
It is important for outdoor enthusiasts, and rural landowners as well, to
follow the Fire Danger Index guidelines listed below.
If the Fire Danger Index reaches the VERY HIGH category, the following
|Open Burning: Attendance and fire tools are required, and activity is
restricted to early morning and late evening hours with low wind
|Off-Road Motorized Travel: Fire extinguishers and fire tools are
recommended, and caution is urged due to the fire hazard posed from
exhaust and catalytic converters. |
|Smoking: Smokers are asked to restrict smoking to areas free of
combustible materials and to use an ashtray or other proper disposal
|Fireworks: Fire extinguishers and fire tools are recommended. The
public is asked to restrict the use of fireworks to late afternoon and
evening hours with low wind conditions, or according to restrictions
issued by local authorities. |
|Equipment Operations: Fire extinguishers and fire tools are
recommended. Farmers and ranchers are asked to conduct frequent
inspections of farm machinery to reduce debris accumulation. The petroleum
industry should conduct proper inspection and maintenance of equipment and
confine blasting for seismic exploration by 10 feet or more of soil. Spark
arresters and a 10-foot radius cleared of combustible materials are
recommended for welding activities. Railroads should conduct weekly
inspections of exhaust arrester systems and brakes. |
|Open Burning: Open burning is prohibited. |
|Off-Road Motorized Travel: Off-road motorized travel is prohibited
except for persons engaged in a trade, business or occupation where it is
required. They are required to keep a fire extinguisher and fire tools.
(The off-trail restrictions would include waterfowl hunting, big-game
retrieval and furbearer hunting and trapping.) |
|Smoking: Smoking is restricted to the inside of vehicles, places of
habitation and areas cleared to mineral soil. Use of ashtrays or other
proper containers are required. |
|Fireworks: Use of fireworks by individuals is prohibited. |
|Equipment Operations: Farmers are required to have fire extinguishers
and fire tools and to frequently inspect farm equipment to reduce debris.
They should stay on site one-half hour after operations are completed to
ensure no fires develop. Petroleum workers must conduct proper inspection
and maintenance of equipment and monitor burning of byproducts. Blasting
for seismic exploration should be confined by 10 feet or more of soil.
Petroleum workers should remain at the work site for one-half hour after
operations are completed. Spark arresters and a 10-foot radius cleared of
combustible materials are required for welding activities. Water tankers
with 100 gallons and 100 feet of hose are also required. Railroads should
conduct weekly inspections of exhaust arrester systems and breaks. |