Statewide fire danger & burning restrictions

Planned Spring Burning Permit Restrictions (updated 4/8/2014)

Fire Danger Rating

Fire Danger Rating Map

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Burning Permit Restrictions

Current Burning Restrictions Map

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Current Burning Restrictions legend

Note: Burning permits are required whenever there is less than 3" of continuous snow surrounding the burn area.

Please note that while DNR issues statewide regulations, if you live within a municipality that controls the open burning, local permits or more stringent regulations may apply.

Wildfire news release

DNR News

04/17/2014: Wildfire Prevention Week raises awareness of outdoor fire hazards Full story

04/10/2014: Burning restrictions to take effect Monday in central Minnesota Full story

04/07/2014: DNR encourages homeowners to complete necessary open burning Full story

03/20/2014: DNR encourages homeowners to burn vegetative debris early Full story

Descriptions of ratings


Fires are not easily started. Fuels do not ignite readily from small firebrands, although a more intense ignition source, such as lightning, may start many fires in duff or punky wood. Fires in open cured grassland may burn freely a few hours after rain, but fires burning in forested areas spread slowly by creeping or smoldering, and burn in irregular fingers. There is little danger of spotting.


Fires start easily and spread at a moderate rate. Fires can start from most accidental causes, but with the exception of lightning fires in some areas, the number of starts is generally low. Fires in open-cured grassland will burn briskly and spread rapidly on windy days. Woods fires spread slowly to moderately fast. The average fire is of moderate intensity, although heavy concentrations of fuel may burn hot. Short-distance spotting may occur, but is not persistent. Fires are not likely to become serious, and control is relatively easy.


Fires start easily and spread at a fast rate. All fine dead fuels ignite readily and fires start easily from most causes. Unattended campfires are likely to escape. Fires spread rapidly and short-distance spotting is common. High-intensity burning may develop on slopes, or in concentrations of fine fuel. Fires may become serious and difficult to control unless they are hit hard and fast while small.

Very High

Fires start very easily and spread at a very fast rate. Fires start easily from all causes, spread rapidly, and intensify quickly. Spot fires are a constant danger. Fires burning in heavy fuels may quickly develop high-intensity characteristics, such as long-distance spotting and fire whirlwinds. Direct attack at the head of such fires is rarely possible after they have been burning more than a few minutes.


The fire situation is explosive and can result in extensive property damage. Fires under extreme conditions start quickly, spread furiously, and burn intensely. All fires are potentially serious. Development into high-intensity burning will usually be faster and occur from smaller fires than in the very high danger class (item 4). Direct attack is rarely possible, and may be dangerous, except immediately after ignition. Fires burning in heavy slash or in conifer stands may be unmanageable while the extreme burning condition lasts. Under these conditions, the only effective and safe control action is on the flanks until the weather changes or the fuel supply lessens.

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