Burn bans and fire safety during holiday weekend festivities

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MINOT, ND (KXNET) — Often considered the start of summer, Memorial Day weekend typically includes celebrations around barbecues and grills.

As the holidays and summer months approach, the importance of fire safety and knowing your ban on burning are vital.

No-burn restrictions may change daily depending on weather conditions.

Minot Fire Department fire inspector Stuart Hammer says wind plays a big role in North Dakota’s fire danger — and even with the extra moisture received this year, some wind speeds could limit recreational fires.

He says when you make a fire outside, make sure it’s contained to a covered fire pit.

When cooking, stay 10 to 15 feet from any structure or combustible item.

“If you have a recreational fire, have a way to put it out so that in the end you can take care of it. Or if something jumps out of the fire pit and starts an unwanted fire, we can put it out immediately,” Hammer said.

Temperatures are expected to rise throughout the week. So if your plans include removing the grill, it’s a good idea to review recreational fire safety tips and updates to no-burn restrictions.

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