Wildfire update

March 28, 2015

Statewide Planning Level is 3

The National Preparedness Level is now 1 with low activity.

The Tower, Cambridge and Sandstone DNR areas reported fires.

A Fire Weather Watch has been issued for SW MN for Sunday afternoon due to expected winds 45-50 mph.

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 Department of Natural Resources, 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.

All Minnesota counties require burning permits.

Spring burning restrictions are in effect for the following counties: 

Becker, Beltrami, Cass South, Clearwater, Crow Wing, Douglas, Hubbard, Kittson, Mahnomen, Marshall, Otter Tail, Pennington, Polk East, Pope, Roseau, Todd, and Wadena.

In addition to the above, the following counties are NOT allowing any burning permits today due to increased winds. 

Aitkin, Anoka, Benton, Chisago, Cook, Hennepin, Isanti, Itasca, Kanabec, Koochiching, Lake, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Ramsey, Sherburne, Stearns, St Louis North, Todd, Washington and Wright

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.