As warm and dry weather continues to spread throughout the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has added Carlton County to the burn restriction list, as well as the following other counties: Aitkin, Becker, Beltrami, Cass, Clay, Clearwater, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Itasca, Kittson, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Ottertail, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, Roseau, St. Louis South, Wadena and Wilkin.

The state will not issue burning permits for brush or yard waste in these counties until the restrictions are lifted.

Restrictions also remain in place for the following counties: Anoka, Douglas, Benton, Chisago, Grant, Hennepin, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Pope, Ramsey, Sherburne, Stearns, Stevens, Todd, Traverse, Washington and Wright.

“Warm and dry conditions are key factors for wildfires, so we have to remain vigilant about restricting open burning,” said Casey McCoy, DNR fire prevention supervisor. “These restrictions really do work: they’ve helped us reduce wildfires by more than 30 percent over the past decade.”

McCoy encourages landowners to compost, chip or take brush to a collection site rather than burn it. Residents who burn debris will be held financially responsible if their fire escapes and burns other property.