(Cass County, ND) -- With multiple fires ringing out around the area, it was only a matter of time before an emergency was issued in Cass County. That time came Tuesday.

The Board of Cass County Commissioners declared a fire emergency and burn ban for Cass County, effective through April 6th.

The board saying the county has and continues to be abnormally dry for this time of year, and that when high winds are added, fires come along for the ride.

The emergency and burn ban prohibits garbage/pit burning, burning of farmland, cropland and/or ditches, and the use of fire to demolish structures without permission from authorities.

A violation of the ban could result in a Class B Misdemeanor charge, and would include maximum penalties of up to 30 days in jail and a $1,500 fine.

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