The DNR communications team works with agency experts to develop the weekly questions and provide the answers. This feature addresses current DNR issues, interesting topics, or the most frequently asked questions from around Minnesota.
Q: Do I still need an open burning permit for my brush pile even though it is winter?
A: The snow and cold of a Minnesota winter generally make this time of the year a better and safer time to burn brush piles. However, when there is less than 3 inches of snow cover, open burning permits are required by law. Also, many communities require a burning permit no matter the time of year. Contact a local fire chief to see if a permit is required. Composting and mulching is an alternative to burning and a better way to prevent a potential wildfire.
Contact a local DNR Forestry office to find out if a permit is required before burning any brush pile. For more information about burning permits, visit the DNR website at www.mndnr.gov/forestry/fire/questions.html.
Linda Gormanson, DNR wildfire prevention supervisor