Wildfire update

May 5, 2016

Statewide Planning Level is 4

The National Preparedness Level is 1.

MNICS Incident Management Team A has been assigned to the Lyons Fire, NW of Staples MN. 

Illegal burning pollutes statewide

Be Safe with Fire

The DNR suggests following these steps to build a safe campfire:

  • Clear the campfire site down to bare soil
  • Build a small fire no more than 3 feet in diameter
  • Have a bucket of water and a shovel near the campfire
  • Put out the campfire by drowning it with water, stirring it and drowning it again

Be careful with gas lanterns, barbecue grills, gas stoves and anything that can start a wildfire.

Daily Fire Danger and Burning Restrictions Maps

 US Drought Monitor Map of MN

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.

All Minnesota counties require burning permits, and will enforce additional burning restrictions as conditions require.

Burning restrictions are in affect in the following counties:  Aitkin, Becker, Beltrami, Carlton, Cass, Clearwater, Cook, Crow Wing, Douglas, Hubbard, Itasca, Kittson, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of The Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Otter Tail, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, Roseau, St. Louis and Wadena.

Please refer to the map of burning restrictions as these restrictions change daily depending upon conditions!

Refer to the Burning Permits website or contact your local DNR office or Sheriff's Office for updated information.

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.