Burning restrictions to ease May 12The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced that as of May 12, open burning restrictions will be lifted in many counties and normal spring burning practices may resume.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced that as of May 12, open burning restrictions will be lifted in many counties and normal spring burning practices may resume. That’s because cool, wet, and snowy weather over the past week in central and northern Minnesota has dramatically decreased the threat of wildfires.
Restrictions will remain in the far northeastern part of the state, where cool temperatures and insufficient rains have slowed the green up of vegetation.
In Carlton, Cass north of Highway 200, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis counties permits will not be issued unless an exception is made by state or federal forestry agencies with fire suppression responsibilities. Campfires will be allowed throughout the restricted area, but remain limited in Cook, Lake and northern St. Louis counties.
In Cook and Lake counties, and in St. Louis County north of a line running from Silica on the west to Central Lakes and Brimson on the east, a commissioner’s order will continue to impose tighter control over burning. Campfires will only be allowed in designated fire rings associated with a residence, resort, or developed public or private campground. Campfires at remote locations will not be allowed. In addition, fireworks are still forbidden.
Permits are available through state and federal forestry offices, township fire wardens, and online for a $5 annual fee. Municipalities may have stricter regulations regarding the burning of vegetation. Check with local authorities and obtain the proper permits prior to lighting a fire.
The DNR hopes to ease the remaining restrictions in coming weeks but notes that lifting restrictions depends upon precipitation received and the growth of new vegetation.