October 25, 2014
Drying fuels and high wind speeds have increased fire danger over much of MN. Several counties have burning restrictions in effect. Refer to the information and links below for updated fire information.
Enjoy autumn activities and stay safe! Keep campfires to 3 feet tall by 3 feet wide, have a water source available and be sure your campfire is out and cold to the touch before leaving it.
As hunting season is under way, watch for more people and activity in wooded areas.
Statewide Planning Level is at 3.
The National Preparedness Level is now 1 with low activity.
The US Drought Monitor Map of MN is available at: http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?MN
The Daily Fire Danger and Burning Restrictions Maps are available at: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/forestry/fire/firerating_restrictions.html
Burning permits are required statewide.
Burning permits allow the permit holder to burn vegetative waste during certain hours. The MN DNR, counties and municipalities can turn off burning permits in their areas if conditions warrant.
Burning restrictions are in effect today for the following counties due to high winds and lower Relative Humidities: Beltrami, Northern Cass, Clearwater, Cook, Itasca, Kittson, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Pennington, Polk and Roseau, Northern St. Louis.
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.
Burning Permits website: https://webapps8.dnr.state.mn.us/burning_permits/admin_areas/list