Wildfire update

October 21, 2016

Statewide Planning Level is 2. 

The National Preparedness Level is 1.

For additional wildfire information, the Minnesota Incident Command System website is available.

Drowning is biggest safety risk for waterfowl hunters

Hunters preparing to hit the water this fall in pursuit of ducks, geese and other wild game are reminding to include life jackets on their hunting gear checklist.  Full story.

Be Safe with Campfires

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

  • Clear the campfire site down to bare soil
  • The area should be clear of any combustible material 5 feet in all directions around the fire.
  • Build a small fire no more than 3 feet in diameter
    • The fire should be contained within a designated fire ring which is 3 feet or less in diameter and 3 feet or less in height.
    • To build one, scoop out a depression in the center of a cleared area and arrange a ring of rocks around it.
  • 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

For people who don’t have a campsite with a designated fire ring, select a safe place for the campfire. Choose a level area away from dry grass, shrubs or logs that is free of overhanging branches. Then scoop out a depression in the center of the area and put a ring of rocks around it.

An adult should attend the fire at all times – even a light breeze can cause the fire to spread. Always have a shovel and water available at the campfire to extinguish it. Stir the embers repeatedly with water or dirt until every ember is out cold.

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

Discover more by visiting Smokey Bear's campfire safety website.

The MN DNR wants to remind visitors that only approved firewood is allowed on lands managed by the DNR, such as state parks, state forests and wildlife management areas.  Full story.

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.

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.