Wildfire update

February 24, 2017

Statewide Planning Level is 1 with the southern half of MN at PL 2. 

The National Preparedness Level is 1.

For additional wildfire information, the Minnesota Incident Command System website is available.

DNR urges caution on rapidly deteriorating ice.

As unseasonably warm weather quickly deteriorates ice conditions on lakes across much of the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources urges lake recreationists to take caution. Full story.

Lack of snow means burning restrictions will happen soon.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds woodland owners to take care of vegetative debris such as dry branches now, as annual open burning restrictions will take effect shortly after snowmelt. Full story

Daily Fire Danger and Burning Restrictions Maps

 US Drought Monitor Map of MN

Burning permits:

Burning permits are required when there is less than 3 inches of snow on the ground.

All counties in southern MN are requiring burning permits at this time due to lack of snow cover. 

Refer to the Burning Permits website 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.