The Hettinger County Auditor and Hettinger County Commission have recently signed an order declaring a burn ban. The declaration was signed on March 15.
A fire destroyed a home one mile west of New England on Saturday. New England Fire Chief Joe Kathrein said the home was burnt to the ground and deemed a total loss.
The month of April came in hot, literally. A combination of light snowfall, sparse rainfall, relatively high temperatures and unreasonably high wind speeds has created the perfect conditions for fire hazards.
Every two years firefighters are required to renew their training certification.