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Campfires will be allowed statewide

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Recent precipitation, cool temperatures and higher evening humidity has lowered the potential for campfires to cause a wildfire in northeastern Minnesota. Because of that, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) removed the last of the restrictions on campfires in that part of the state at 12:01 a.m., Friday, Sept. 30.

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Although campfires will once again be allowed any time of day, and will be no-longer restricted to resorts or campgrounds, the DNR still urges everyone to use caution when enjoying a campfire.

Here are some tips:

• Before lighting the fire, clear the vegetation around the location, have water and a shovel handy.

• DNR recommends the campfire be attended at all times.

• Use water to drown the coals, stir with the shovel and then wet the coals some more.

• Fire should be completely extinguished before turning in for the evening.

• A safe campfire is one that is cool to the touch.

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