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Morrison County requesting calls before burning brush piles

Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel is asking all county residents to call his office prior to burning brush piles this winter.

“Minnesota law allows people to burn brush piles without a permit when an unbroken blanket of snow 3 inches thick covers the area around the fire. Without the permit however, the Sheriff’s Office has no idea when and where people might be burning. Passing motorists or neighbors frequently call to report the fires as structure fires,” Wetzel said in a news release. “Without knowing in advance that a brush fire was going to be lit, we have no choice but to dispatch deputies and/or fire trucks. This not only costs the taxpayers extra money, but also puts lives at unnecessary risk during the emergency response. A simple phone call to my office prior to burning a brush pile can avoid all of that.”

Call 320-632-9233 to report a brush pile.