Wildland fire information

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Reduced September burning restrictions

Continued favorable weather has further improved drought conditions and lowered wildfire risk for much of northern Minnesota. Burning restrictions are being lifted in: Beltrami, Becker, Cass, Clearwater, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Ottertail, St. Louis, Roseau, and Wadena counties. However, wildfire risk remains high in both Cook and Lake counties in the northeastern tip of Minnesota.

Beginning 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, September 15, burning restrictions will be lifted for all counties except Cook and Lake, where the following Class III restrictions remain in effect:

  • No campfires are allowed for dispersed, remote, or backcountry camping on all state, county, or private lands. Camping stoves are permitted.
  • Attended campfires in established fire rings associated with a home, cabin, campground, or resort are allowed.
  • No fireworks may be ignited on any public or private land outside city limits. Check with your local community for any additional restrictions.
  • Open burning permits are restricted.

Counties with Class III burning restrictions

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map showing affected counties listed in first paragraph.

The Area of Closure on the Greenwood Fire remains in place and is not affected by the updated burning restrictions.

Be sure to check the listing of state forests and parks affected by burning and camping restrictions before your visit.


Information on burning restrictions in national forests and parks

Closures on active wildfires in Minnesota

Minnesota Incident Command System (MNICS) has current information on active fires in Minnesota.

Greenwood Fire Area of Closure - Lake County

The U.S. Forest Service-Superior National Forest and the Department of Natural Resources have issued an Area of Closure around the Greenwood Fire in Lake County. All lands, waters, trails, portage, canoe routes and recreation sites within the perimeter are closed. Portions of DNR-managed lands are affected:

-Updated Sept 14, 2021