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Published May 14, 2013, 05:58 PM

Ramsey county issues burn ban

With high winds this week people of Ramsey County will have to deal with a burn ban. The Devils Lake Rural Fire Department says wind gusts reached 46 miles an hour today, making the first local burn ban in years necessary.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

With high winds this week people of Ramsey County will have to deal with a burn ban. The Devils Lake Rural Fire Department says wind gusts reached 46 miles an hour today, making the first local burn ban in years necessary.

The winds are causing high waves on Devils Lake but local officials say because of the ice still on the lake it won't be a big problem. Instead they're focusing on preventing fires. The rural fire department says any open flame could potentially break out into a full-blown blaze.

Shawn Weltikol, Devils Lake Rural Fire Department: "Anything from burn barrel, camp fire, barbecue grill, fields of course, ditches, anything that has to do with an open flame outside."

The burn ban will be in effect until further notice.

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