The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is lifting burning restrictions today, May 14, in numerous Minnesota counties due to decreased fire danger because of precipitation and
green-up. This means burning permits will be available for burning of vegetative materials.
the state is lifting restrictions, local counties or municipalities may
have specific regulations or restrictions that affect burning. Check
with local authorities to obtain proper permits before burning.
Up-to-date fire conditions and burning restrictions can be found at www.mndnr.gov/forestry/fire/firerating_restrictions.html.
because fire danger can change quickly, DNR foresters are able to
restrict 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.
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 fire
escapes, the person who started the fire is responsible for the damage
and suppression costs.
Burning permits are
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.
Burning restrictions will remain in place in northern Minnesota until sufficient green-up occurs.