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Minnesota DNR set to implement additional burning restrictions as wildfire risk worsens

Open burning and some campfires are newly restricted in Clay, Douglas, Grant, Kittson, Marshall, Mille Lacs, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, Sherburne and Wright counties and the western portion of Roseau County, excluding tribal trust lands. The same restrictions remain in place for Aitkin, Benton, Carlton, Lake of the Woods, Morrison, Todd, and Stearns counties, the eastern portion of Roseau County and the southern portion of St. Louis County, excluding tribal trust lands.

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Minnesota counties under burning restrictions. (Minnesota Department of Natural Resources)

The Department of Natural Resources on Monday said it is implementing additional burning restrictions Tuesday, Aug. 17, in several northern and central Minnesota counties in response to worsening drought and increasing wildfire risk.

The new restrictions take effect at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.

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Open burning and some campfires are newly restricted in Clay, Douglas, Grant, Kittson, Marshall, Mille Lacs, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, Sherburne and Wright counties and the western portion of Roseau County, excluding tribal trust lands. The same restrictions remain in place for Aitkin, Benton, Carlton, Lake of the Woods, Morrison, Todd, and Stearns counties, the eastern portion of Roseau County and the southern portion of St. Louis County, excluding tribal trust lands.
Burning restrictions will now cover 34 counties where intensifying drought has elevated the potential for devastating wildfires.

The burning restrictions reflect on-the-ground conditions and wildland fire response capacity as assessed on a county-by-county basis. Under the DNR’s latest order, some counties are seeing burning restrictions for the first time this year, while some others are seeing increased restrictions and some are continuing with their previous level of restriction.

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Under these restrictions:

  • No campfires are allowed for dispersed, remote, or backcountry camping on all lands.

  • No campfires – with or without a ring – are allowed on any DNR-managed lands. This applies to all campsites, cabins, picnic and other day-use areas. Camp stoves are permitted.

  • On non-DNR-managed lands, attended campfires or recreational fires may be allowed in established fire rings associated with an occupied home, cabin, campground, or resort. Check with the site manager for possible additional restrictions.

  • No fireworks may be ignited on any public or private land outside city limits. Check with the local community for any additional restrictions.

  • The state will not issue burning permits for brush or yard waste.

All or part of 14 additional counties are also subject to these same restrictions on fireworks and burn permits, plus all campfires and recreational fires are banned, prescribed burning is prohibited on private lands and the use of welding devices and other torches is prohibited when in proximity to combustible vegetation. Counties subject to these additional restrictions are Becker, Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Cook, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Mahnomen, Otter Tail, the northern portion of St. Louis and Wadena counties, excluding tribal trust lands.
In these 14 counties, campers must take note that in the backcountry and at campsites, only gas or propane camp stoves are allowed. Gas and charcoal grills are allowed at occupied homes, cabins and resorts. Charcoal and gas fires must be in devices designed for grilling.

Recreational fires are also barred on DNR-managed lands in Pope County. This county is not subject to the other restrictions on non-DNR lands listed above.

“Don’t do any burning right now, and be extremely cautious with any other activity where heat or sparks could start a wildfire,” advised Allissa Reynolds, DNR acting wildfire prevention supervisor. She encourages Minnesotans to do their part to prevent wildfires by knowing and following the burning restrictions in their county.

Monday’s announcement comes as firefighters battle two new wildfires in Lake of the Woods County: The 80-acre “North Norris Camp Fire” and the 60-acre “Square Fire” northeast of Graceton, Minn. Both fires were listed as 0% contained as of Monday morning, according to the Minnesota Incident Command System.

The DNR wildland fire information web page includes information on current burning restrictions and a map showing the latest fire restrictions.

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Brad Dokken joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and has been the Grand Forks Herald's outdoors editor since 1998.

Besides his role as an outdoors writer, Dokken has an extensive background in northwest Minnesota and Canadian border issues and provides occasional coverage on those topics.

Reach him at bdokken@gfherald.com, by phone at (701) 780-1148 or on Twitter at @gfhoutdoor.
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