Blaine County Issues Burn Ban Until Friday

CHINOOK, Mont. (NMB) – Blaine County has issued a burn ban for this week. Chairman for the Blaine County Fire Council David Jones says that high winds are in the forecast for the next few days, which could cause a fire to spread rapidly due to the lack of snowcover.

“For Blaine County, we have issued a burn ban through Friday. Just as a precaution. We want to be very proactive in this. Just to prevent fires. These things can have a tendency to spread very quickly, driven by these high winds that are being predicted.”

Jones says that this burn ban has been approved by the Blaine County Commissioners until the end of the week.

“Blaine County’s burn ban, basically, you get a permit, fill it out and send it in to the dispatchers office. We’re going to deny that burn permit and say you can not do your open burning because of the wind danger and that is approved by the Commissioners for that time span.”

Jones says that he visited Havre on Tuesday and said that Hill County appears to be as dry as Blaine County. He urges people to use caution when working outside and to be aware of the fire danger.

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