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2017-04-21 / Today's News

Spring burning restrictions begin April 24 in northern St. Louis County

NE MINNESOTA – With warm temperatures, little to no snow and dry vegetation, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will implement burning restrictions in Cook, Lake and northern St. Louis counties on April 24. As conditions for wildfires increase, exposed dead grass and brush can light easily and burn quickly, especially in windy conditions.

Fire danger can vary greatly from one part of the state to another; locally determining when the restrictions take effect will enable fire managers to restrict burning in areas where fire risk is elevated.

During spring restrictions, the state will not give out burning permits for burning brush or yard waste. Debris burning is especially dangerous in April and May when most wildfires occur in Minnesota. Residents may need to find alternatives to burning such as composting or hauling brush to a collection site, or wait until after green-up when it is safer to burn.

The restrictions usually last from four to six weeks until sufficient green growth occurs. The spring restrictions have resulted in a dramatic decrease in both the number and size of accidental fires, said Ron Stoffel, DNR wildfire suppression supervisor.

Fire conditions may change quickly. Find more information at http://www.dnr.state. mn.us/forestry/fire/firerating_ restrictions. html or call your local Forestry office.

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