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Associated Press, Published May 12 2013

North Dakota counties weigh burn ban as grass fires mount

JAMESTOWN, N.D. — North Dakota's Stutsman County could soon be joining more than a dozen other counties that have issued burn bans after fighting 13 grass fires in the first 10 days of May.

The largest Stutsman fire blackened about 60 acres. The Jamestown Sun reports that no injuries have been reported so far in any of the blazes. A grass fire that burned 10 acres on May 9 caused damage to a barn.

Stutsman County Emergency Manager Jerry Bergquist says the area needs rain. If moisture doesn't come before the county commission meeting on May 21, he expects the county's fire officials will request a burn ban.

As of May 10, 16 counties in North Dakota had issued burn bans, including LaMoure, Dickey, Logan and McIntosh.