Burning restrictions to be lifted
Because to the greening of vegetation and recent rainfalls, the DNR will lift burning restrictions for some north-central Minnesota counties next week.
Effective at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, residents in Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing and Wadena counties may burn with a valid permit.
While DNR restrictions will be removed in these counties within the next week, municipalities and cities may decide to lift restrictions later. Landowners within municipalities should talk with city officials to find out when burning permits will be available.
Depending on the progression of vegetation greening up, it is anticipated more counties will be lifting restrictions before Memorial Day weekend.
Three-day burning permits are available from volunteer township fire wardens and local forestry offices. In counties where online permits can be accessed, an annual permit can be purchased for $5. All permits must be activated daily by calling a toll-free number.
The northernmost counties of the state will remain under burning restrictions until enough new vegetation appears to reduce fire danger. However, campfires are allowed if kept to no more than 3 feet by 3 feet in size.