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Burning restrictions expand in northern Minnesota

To help ensure public safety and protect natural resources, burning restrictions are in effect for the eastern portion of Roseau County and all of Beltrami, Cass, Cook, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods, Morrison, St. Louis, Todd, and Wadena counties, excluding tribal lands.

Under the restrictions:
  • Only campfires in an established fire ring associated with a home, cabin, campground, or resort are allowed.
  • No campfires are allowed for dispersed, remote, or backcountry camping. Camp stoves are permitted.
  • No fireworks may be ignited on any public or private land outside city limits (check with your local community for any additional restrictions).
  • The state will not issue burning permits for brush or yard waste.

The burning restrictions will remain in effect until terminated by the DNR Commissioner when weather and environmental conditions indicate a reduction in fire danger.

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burning restrictions in affect for eastern portion of Roseau County and all of Beltrami, Cook, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods, and St. Louis counties, excluding tribal lands. Burning restrictions remain in effect for Cass, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Itasca, Morrison, Todd, and Wadena counties

Campfire restrictions

  • No campfires are allowed for dispersed, remote, or backcountry camping.
  • No campfires in state park backcountry campsites in affected counties—regardless if the backcountry campsite has a fire ring.
  • State parks in other parts of the state may also have instituted burning restrictions for backcountry camping. Contact the park office or check postings at the campground or park office before starting a campfire.
  • Campfires in established fire rings in state parks and state forest campgrounds are allowed. They are not currently affected by the restrictions. Still, extreme caution is warranted.

Listing of state forests and parks with burning restrictions

Information on burning restrictions in national forests and parks.

Fireworks restrictions

  • Fireworks can not be used on any private or public lands outside city limits in the affected counties. Be sure to check with your local community for any additional restrictions.
  • Statewide, fireworks are not allowed in state forests, state parks, or any other state lands.

Open burning restrictions

  • No new burning permits will be issued in affected counties.
  • Existing burning permits can not be activated through the electronic burning permit system.
  • A special exception from your local DNR Forestry Office is required to activate an existing burning permit. Check with your county burning permit administration for more information.

Commissioner's Order Restricting Portions of the State to Open Fires

Info on active wildfires in Minnesota

Minnesota Incident Command System (MNICS) is an interagency group that coordinates active fire situations in Minnesota. Follow @mnics for information on large wildfires.

-Updated July 13, 2021