FARGO— If you're planning on spending memorial day weekend in the great outdoors, the North Dakota forest service department is urging you to do it safely.
With 98% of the state still in a drought, officials are asking you to think twice and check conditions before starting any sort of a fire.
All but four North Dakota counties have some sort of burn ban or restriction in place.
State officials say, if it's okay to start a fire where you are, keep it small and keep water nearby. Make sure it's completely extinguished before leaving it unattended, officials say if it's too hot to touch, its too hot to leave.
"We want to keep our North Dakota as beautiful and clean as it can be. And really take advantage of these awesome areas that we have to recreate in," says Beth Hill, the ND Forest Service Acting Outreach and Education Manager.
The department is also asking you to pick up your litter to help keep forests, local beaches and river fronts clean.