Wildfire update


Statewide Planning Level is 1.

Statewide Planning Level is at 1 due to snow cover in most areas in MN. 

The National Preparedness Level is now 1 with low activity.


Ice Safety

When is ice safe?

There really is no sure answer.  You cannot judge the strength of ice just by its appearance, age, thickness, temp or whether or not the ice is covered with snow.  Strength is based on all these factors ~ plus the depth of water under the ice, size of the water body, water chemistry and currents, the distribution of the load on the ice, and local climatic conditions.

There is no such thing as 100% safe ice.

DNR general ice thickness guidelines are:

  • 2 inches or less ~~ STAY OFF!
  • 4 inches for walking
  • 5 inches for a snowmobile or ATV
  • 8-12 inches for a car or small pickup
  • 12-15 inches for a medium-sized truck

Additional information is available at: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/ice/index.html


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:

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 permits are required in areas with less than 3 inches of snow.   


If there is any question concerning burning permits, refer to the Burning Permits website: https://webapps8.dnr.state.mn.us/burning_permits/admin_areas/list

Or contact your local DNR office or Sheriff's Office.

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.