DNR adds more Minnesota counties to burning restriction list
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is adding more
counties to the list of those designated for burning restrictions.
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.
Burning restrictions were previously announced for 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.
These restrictions are put in place each spring to reduce the
occurrence of wildfires, which can damage homes and other personal
Due to snowmelt, 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
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.