Wildfire update

Statewide Planning Level is 1.

Statewide Planning Level is at 1 due to winter conditions in most areas in MN. 

The National Preparedness Level is now 1 with low activity.

  • MN is under a Winter Weather Advisory today until 9 pm with strong NW winds and blizzard conditions.

  • A blizzard warning is in effect through this evening for areas in southern MN, along and west of a line from Glenwood to Hutchinson, Owatonna and Albert Lea. Snow accumulations of 3-5 inches are expected across west central MN, with 1-3 inches elsewhere. An arctic cold front will move across MN this morning bringing NW winds 25-35 mph with gusts to 45 mph likely, particularly across west central through south central MN.

Extreme Cold Guide

When the weather is extremely cold, and especially if there are high winds, try to stay indoors.  Make any trips outside as brief as possible, and remember these tips to protect your health and safety:

  • Dress Warmly and Stay dry
  • Avoid Exertion
  • Understand Wind Chill
  • Avoid Ice
  • Be Safe During Recreation
  • Be Cautious About Travel

Additional information and details about the above are available at:  http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/pdf/extreme-cold-guide.pdf


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 DNR, 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.   

Several counties currently require burning permits due to lack of snow cover.

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.