DNR lifts burning restrictions in Minnesota counties
Burning restrictions were lifted in all Minnesota counties as of Friday, May 23, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The DNR is lifting the restrictions due to decreased fire danger because of wet conditions and green up moving northward.
Those seeking to burn need to obtain a burning permit available through state and federal forestry offices, from local fire wardens or online by paying a $5 fee per calendar year. Online permits need to be activated on the day of the burn. See http://webapps1.dnr.state.mn.us/burning_permits/.
Because fire danger can change quickly, DNR foresters are able to turn off burning permits in individual counties whenever conditions warrant. This could occur if there is a dry, windy day where fires could start easily and burn quickly.
Check the fire restrictions page on the DNR website at: www.dnr.state.mn.us/forestry/fire/firerating_restrictions.html for information on daily changes to burn permits.
Although state burning restrictions are now lifted, local areas, counties or municipalities may have specific regulations or restrictions that affect burning operations. Check with local authorities to obtain proper permits before burning.
The DNR advises anyone doing burning to keep burn piles small, have a water supply nearby and stay with the fire until it is completely out. If a fire escapes, homeowners are responsible for any damage and suppression costs.