Burning restrictions take effect soon
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has announced burning restrictions for several Minnesota counties.
The list includes Benton, Douglas, Grant, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Pope, Stearns, Stevens and Todd counties and will take effect on April 16.
Restrictions are currently in effect for Anoka, Chisago, Isanti, Sherburne, Washington and Wright counties.
Beginning April 20, restrictions will go into effect in the following 13 counties: Aitkin, Becker, Beltrami, Carlton, Cass, Clearwater, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Itasca, Mahnomen, Ottertail, Polk (that portion south and east of County Road 6 from the Manhomen County line to MN Hwy 92 east to the Clearwater County line), St Louis (that portion south of county road 16), and all of Wadena county.
These restrictions are put in place each spring to reduce the occurrence of wildfires, which can damage homes and other personalproperty.
Due to snow melt, warming weather, and dry vegetation, much of Minnesota is at increased risk of wildfires. The risk will remain high until green vegetation emerges. Until that time, no burning will be allowed in the affected counties unless a special permit is obtained from a local forestry office.
Special permits will only be written for extenuating circumstances such
as time sensitive construction projects and prescribed burning conducted
by professional firefighters. The DNR encourages the use of composting,
recycling, and chipping as alternatives to burning.
While debris burning will be curtailed, the use of campfires, if
smaller than 3 feet in diameter and 3 feet in height, will continue to
be allowed. Permits are not required for this type of fire if it meets
the above conditions and is monitored until coals have cooled.