Wildfire update

May 25, 2017

Statewide Planning Level is 3.

The National Preparedness Level is 2.

Additional wildfire information is available on the Minnesota Incident Command System website.

Child Life Jacket Wear Law Summary

With the Memorial Day weekend approaching, remember a legal measure that went into effect in 2005, requiring children under age ten to wear a life jacket while boating in Minnesota. Full Story

ATV Riders can explore MN trails for free June 2-4

Minnesotans with an all-terrain vehicle registered for private or agricultural use won’t need to pay the additional registration fee ($53.50 for three years) to ride the state’s public ATV trails June 2-4, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full story.

Minnesota Twins offer discounts, free hat in partnership with DNR

Anyone with a 2017 Minnesota fishing or hunting license can receive a free camouflage and blaze orange Twins logo baseball cap through the special Minnesota Twins ticket offer on line.  Full story.

Be Safe with Campfires

The DNR suggests following these steps to build a safe campfire:

Be careful with gas lanterns, barbecue grills, gas stoves and anything that can start a wildfire.

Burning permits:

All counties require burning permits. No burning restrictions are in effect at this time.

Daily Fire Danger and Burning Restrictions Maps

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.