Statewide Planning Level is 1 due to winter conditions.

National Preparedness Level is 1.

Wildfire on Ice Fundraiser this weekend!

Come watch the finest "red-carded" hockey players face off in a winner-take-all tournament! The event is a chance for the Minnesota wildland fire "community" to play the great game of hockey and raise money for the Wildland Firefighter Foundation (WFF). The WFF supports firefighters and their families when line of duty injuries and fatalities occur. This private non-profit organization exists to support agency, municipal, volunteer, and private firefighters in ways insurance and other sources cannot.

Admission is FREE to the public and is held at the Walker Area Community Center. The tournament features music, announcing, referees, and all the excitement of a great hockey tournament. Everyone is invited to ice skate with Smokey Bear!  Plenty of chances to donate - Raffle Tickets, Chuck-a-Puck, Silent Auction, Merchandise, and more! Details available here.

Ice Thickness Guidelines

Before heading out on ice:

The DNR does not measure ice thickness on Minnesota lakes. Your safety is your responsibility. Check ice thickness at least every 150 feet.

Temperature, snow cover, currents, springs and rough fish all affect the relative safety of ice. Ice is seldom the same thickness over a single body of water; it can be two feet thick in one place and one inch thick a few yards away. Full story.

Be Prepared for Winter Driving

Winter road trips – even short ones – are a great way to celebrate with family and friends. Being prepared can ensure a safe and happy time is had by all.

Driving in the winter can be harrowing, especially where blizzard and icy conditions crop up seemingly out of nowhere. But new safety technologies are being added to cars at a record rate. Some can even take control of the vehicle to help us avoid crashes. Full Story

Burning Permits:

All Minnesota counties require burning permits when the ground is not completely covered by a minimum of 3 inches of snow.  At this time, most of Minnesota counties have received adequate snow and no burning permits are required.  Southeastern and south central Minnesota counties require burning permits at this time. All counties along the Iowa border require burning permits. Check with local authorities if you are planning to burn in southern Minnesota. 

No burning restrictions are in effect today for the remainder of the state.

MNICS officials urge the public to check the DNR burning restrictions and fire danger website before cleaning up residences, properties or cabin yard areas. Fines result in burning without a permit or when restrictions are in place. More importantly, public and firefighter safety is of utmost concern. Officials advise residents to call 911 and to not to attempt fire suppression on their own.

Check the links below for details.

Daily Fire Danger and Burning Restrictions Maps

Refer to the Burning Permits information site or contact your local DNR office or Sheriff's Office for updated information concerning burning permits.

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.

The current US Drought Monitor Map of MN.