St. Croix Valley Blowdown
The 2011 St. Croix Valley blowdown left a large accumulation of vegetative debris, which is drying out and causing a wildfire hazard. To eliminate this debris, many homeowners are burning. However, extreme caution must be taken whenever burning debris or you could be putting your home and neighbors at risk. Fire officials will be implementing additional burning restrictions within the blowdown area. Get your permit and check local restrictions before burning!
Consider alternatives to burning such as composting, chipping, or hauling debris to disposal sites.
Obtain proper burning permits by visiting your local fire warden or DNR Forestry office, or visit mndnr.gov keyword "blowdown."
Follow the rules for the day, have tools and water handy, and make certain your fire is completely out before leaving it.
Never burn debris under overhanging tree limbs or power lines or close to homes and other structures.
Prepare for wildfires
Clean leaves, needles, and debris off roofs and out of rain gutters.
Sweep debris off decks and rake the area underneath.
Rake leaves away from your foundation.
Prune trees and remove all dead vegetation at least 30 feet around structures, and keep this area mowed if possible.
Thin tree stands and brush within 100 feet of structures to reduce vegetation, which can promote wildfire spread.