FARGO — With pleas from rural Cass County fire chiefs, the county board on Monday, Aug. 2, put in place a burn ban effective immediately.

County Emergency Manager Jim Prochniak said the ban is necessary based on the number of fire calls, fires within residential areas, the ongoing drought conditions and the upcoming harvest and drying of crops.

This was despite a map from the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services only showing the county in a "moderate" fire danger stage.

To solve the situation, Prochniak needed the county to adopt a resolution that allowed a fire emergency and burn ban even when there was only a fire danger rating of moderate. Previously the county had to be in a very high or extreme fire danger with a red flag warning by the National Weather Service to declare a burn ban.

Prochniak said the state was working on revamping its map procedures to receive more input from county emergency services directors across the state.