4-14-15 Burn Ban in effect and extended [Expired]

*Update – 5/10/15, Ban has expired*

However, please be aware of weather conditions, current fire index, and call in before conducting any controlled burns!*

Please be aware of the burn bans in effect!

BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Jack Dalrymple today extended an executive order to protect against fire outbreaks in North Dakota.

Dalrymple’s original executive order was in effect until Wednesday, but today he extended the statewide fire emergency until April 30.  The governor can extend the statewide fire emergency beyond April 30 if necessary.

In his executive order, Dalrymple issued a burn ban for areas in the North Dakota Fire Danger Rating designated as “High,” “Very High,” or “Extreme,” and/or when a Red Flag Warning has been issued for an area. Burning will be allowed in designated areas with a “Low” or “Moderate” Fire Danger Rating if approved by the local fire response authority that has jurisdiction over the area.

Dalrymple has also activated the North Dakota State Emergency Operations Plan to make state assistance available to local and tribal officials in the event of a fire emergency. In addition, the governor has authorized the Adjutant General to activate and make available North Dakota National Guard resources in support of local and tribal governments.

“This executive order is an important step in our ongoing work to protect against the threat of fire outbreaks in many areas of the state,” Dalrymple said. “Our state agencies have been directed to be at the ready should local and tribal officials need assistance in protecting life or property.”

Dalrymple’s executive order was issued in response to extremely dry conditions, burn ban and fire restrictions declared throughout the state, Fire Weather Watches and Red Flag Warnings issued by the National Weather Service (NWS), unseasonably warm temperatures, low humidity and high winds. The NWS has documented below average precipitation across the state, leaving many natural fuels such as tall grasses very dry and susceptible to fire outbreak.

BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Jack Dalrymple today declared a fire emergency for the state in response to dry conditions, unseasonably high temperatures and high winds. In his executive order, Dalrymple issued a burn ban for areas in theNorth Dakota Fire Danger Rating designated as “High,” “Very High,” or “Extreme,” and/or when a Red Flag Warning has been issued for an area. Burning will be allowed in designated areas with a “Low” or “Moderate” Fire Danger Rating if approved by the local fire response authority that has jurisdiction over the area.

The Governor also activated the North Dakota State Emergency Operations Plan to assist local and tribal officials, and implement appropriate recovery actions and future mitigation measures to limit hardships and impacts of the emergency. In addition, he authorized the Adjutant General to activate and make available North Dakota National Guard resources in support of local and tribal governments.

“In many areas of the state, the weather conditions have created a serious fire threat,” Dalrymple said. “I have directed state agencies to be at the ready if their assistance is needed, so we can help local and tribal officials in their efforts to save lives and protect property.”

Dalrymple’s executive order was issued in response to extremely dry conditions, burn ban and fire restrictions declared throughout the state, Fire Weather Watches and Red Flag Warnings issued by the National Weather Service (NWS), unseasonably warm temperatures, low humidity and high winds. The NWS documented below average snowfall and precipitation across the state with above normal temperatures, leaving many natural fuels such as tall grasses very dry and standing vertical, rather than flat as is typical for this time of year, making them more susceptible to the rapid spread of wildfires.

Weather conditions have prompted 15 counties and one tribal nation to issue fire emergency declarations and implement burn bans or other fire restrictions. Since March 13, the NWS has issued five Fire Weather Watches and five Red Flag Warnings. In response to dry conditions, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department has prohibited open burning, including campfires, on the Oahe Wildlife Management Area along both sides of the Missouri River south of Bismarck and Mandan to reduce the potential for wildfires.

2015 Fishing Derby Raffle Winners

Below you will find the list of winners from the 2015 JRFD raffle prizes. Congratulations to all of the winners! A huge thanks to all of our sponsors and supporters for helping us pull off this event. We look forward to seeing everyone back here next year!

Prizes can be claimed at the KC Hall. We apologize for any inaccuracies with names or the spelling thereof – we do our best to read the writing on the tickets, but occasionally names are misspelled. If you notice something is incorrect on the below list, please use the contact form on this site and we will correct as quickly as possible.

~ The Jamestown Rural Fire Department

Fishing Derby Winners: 2/21/2015
# Prize Name
1 2014 Chevy Silverado 4×4 or $15,000 cash  Josh Smaage
2 2015 Ice Castle “Black Ice” Fish House  Nancy Brown
3 2014 Ice Castle “Grandpa’s Hideout” Fish House  Brandy Gross
4 Electronic Ion Ice Auger  Jonathan Mikula
5 Savage 25-06  Justin Stroh
6 $1,000 Cash Prize  Sandi J. Lies
7 Vexilar FL-18  Tyler Trout
8 Rod and Reel Combo  Theodore Volk
9 Underwater Camera  Kennith Brehn
10 Honda 2000 Watt Generator  Chris Wieland
11 $100 Pioneer Bait Gift Certificate  David Seher
12 Fish Cleaning Table  Terry Hochalter
13 Vexilar Ice Fishing Gear  Sully Grace Amundson
14 Honda 2000 Watt Generator  Wayne Burgard
15 $100 Gun and Reel Gift Certificate  Neal McCoy
16 $1,000 Cash Prize  Joe Brown
17 Benelli Nova 12 Gauge Shotgun  Sam Stock
18 2014 Honda 500 4×4 Four Wheeler  Jay Sandvig
19 FL28 Vexilar  Lance Feeken
20 $500 Valley Meat Gift Certificate  Kerry Whipp
21 Huskee Snow Blower  Todd Nielson
22 Clam Fish House  Deb Gilbertson
23 Polaris 2000 Watt Generator  Gerald Rahf
24 $100 Coborn’s Gift Certificate  Rick Allen
25 Savage .243  Caleb Johnson
26 $100 Grabinger Marine Gift Certificate  Judy Metzger
27 $1,000 Cash Prize  George Opatz
28 Jiffy Propane Ice Auger  Mia Kaizer
29 Polaris 2000 Watt Generator  Scott Edinger

2015 Fishing Derby – Fish Caught

Below is the list of the prize winning fish caught at the 2015 Jamestown Rural Fire Department Fishing Derby. We had over 700 vehicles arrive and a bit over 1000 people out on the ice – a record year even with the weather today.

We apologize for any inaccuracies with names or the spelling thereof – we do our best to read the writing on the tickets, but occasionally names are misspelled. If you notice something is incorrect on the below list, or believe a name/weight is incorrect, please use the contact form on this site and we will correct as quickly as possible.

Fishing Winners:

Perch
Prize
Jordan Ulmer – 0.47 lbs
$400
William Bender – 0.47 lbs
$250
Tinh Pham – 0.46 lbs
$100
Walleye
Jon Chapin – 1.94 lbs
$500
Danie Ruhl – 1.45 lbs
$250
Justin Marker – 0.99 lbs
$100
Northern
Chad Christian – 13.35 lbs
$500
Mike Tanhoff – 13.22 lbs
$250
Dave Sahr – 11.28 lbs
$100
Crappie
Matt Guthmiller – 0.91 lbs
$400
Tom Schmidt – 0.79 lbs
$250
Jared Power – 0.77 lbs
$100

What a great showing this year! Congratulations to everyone who managed to snag a fish!  203 fish were caught and were brought to the weight station!

Crappie – 114 caught!

Perch – 74 caught!

Northern – 11 caught!

Walleye – 4 caught!

We hope to see you back next year!

JRFD Fishing Derby 2015 – Almost here!

The fishing derby is this upcoming weekend!

A couple of friendly reminders:

  1. Rules meeting this Friday – 7pm at the KCs! (Click on the link to view the rules)
  2. NO personal vehicles on the ice.  (This is exactly the same as prior years.)  ATVs, Snowmobiles, etc are allowed.
  3. Have fun!  Even if you don’t go out and fish, make sure to stop by and visit us at the Jamestown Knights of Columbus that evening!  We will have boards, bacons, and a whole lot of fun going on – don’t miss out!