April 23, 2014
Statewide Planning Level is now at 3 with Southern and Central MN at Planning Level 4.
Fires were reported by the Backus,,Sandstone,Cambridge Two Harbors,Deer River,Baudette and Aitkin DNR Areas.
Snow is melting rapidly in NE MN.
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 are required statewide. Burning permits allow the permit holder to burn vegetative waste during certain hours. The MN DNR, counties and municipalities can turn off burning permits in their areas if conditions warrant.
Burning permits are required statewide when snow cover is less than 3 inches.
Most counties are requiring burning permits at this time, except in NE MN. The MN DNR is enforcing burning restrictions in the following counties: OtterTail,Grant,Douglas,Pope,Todd,Stearns,Benton,Sherburne,Wright,Isanti,Anoka,Hennepin,Ramsey,Chisago,Washington and Dakota,Clearwater,Mahnomen,Becker,Wadena,Southern Cass, Crow wing, Morrison,Aitkin,Mille lacs, Kanabec and Pine
Burning Permits website: https://webapps8.dnr.state.mn.us/burning_permits/admin_areas/list