Wildfire update

March 31, 2015

Statewide Planning Level is 4

The National Preparedness Level is now 1 with low activity.

The Backus and Park Rapids DNR area offices reported fires.

The US Drought Monitor Map of MN is available at:  http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?MN


The Daily Fire Danger and Burning Restrictions Maps are available at:  http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/forestry/fire/firerating_restrictions.html


Burning permits:

Burning permits allow the permit holder to burn vegetative waste during certain hours. The MN Department of Natural Resources, counties and municipalities can turn off burning permits in their areas if conditions warrant.

Burning permits are required in areas with less than 3 inches of snow.

All Minnesota counties require burning permits.

The following counties are enforcing burning restrictions, but require a variance:

Anoka, Becker, Beltrami, Benton, Chisago,Clearwater, Douglas, Hennepin, Hubbard, Isanti, Kanabec, Kittson, Lyon,  Mahnomen, Marshall. Mille Lacs, Morrison, Otter Tail, Pennington, Pine, Polk East, Pope, Ramsey, Roseau, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, Wadena, Washington and Wright.

The following counties are NOT allowing any burning permits today due to increased fire danger:

Cass South, Crow Wing

If there is any question concerning burning permits, refer to the Burning Permits website: https://webapps8.dnr.state.mn.us/burning_permits/admin_areas/list

Or contact your local DNR office or Sheriff's Office.

The DNR advises anyone doing burning to keep burn piles small, have a water supply nearby, and stay with the fire until it is completely out.  If the fire escapes, the homeowner is responsible for the damage and suppression costs.