Wildfire update

April 24, 2015

Statewide Planning Level is 4

The National Preparedness Level is now 1 with low activity.

  • The majority of the state is 1 to 4 inches below normal for precipitation for March. The SW has the higher deficit compared to North Central. Warmer and drier through the weekendDrought conditions will not be impacted significantly by the rainfall amounts so once we return to warm dry weather, fire conditions will quickly become critical once again.

Wildfire Prevention Week April 19-25

Governor Mark Dayton has declared April 19-25 as Wildfire Prevention Week in Minnesota to increase awareness of outdoor wildfire hazards.  In MN, most wildfires occur in the spring between snow melt and vegetation green up because last year's dry vegetation can quickly catch fire. For full story:  http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2015/04/16/wildfire-prevention-week-april-19-25/#more-16207

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

 

The US Drought Monitor Map of MN is available at:  http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?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, but will enforce additional burning restrictions as conditions require.

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

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.