Wildfire update

Statewide Planning Level is 2. 

The National Preparedness Level is 1.

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

The Southern Area of the United States is at Preparedness Level 4 and over 100 Minnesotans have been helping with various fires in that area. Resources are beginning to return home.

Ice Safety

As temperatures drop, thoughts turn to winter activities in Minnesota.  Ice fishing is very popular.  The MN DNR has information about ice safety, ice thickness guidelines, etc here.

Eagles on roadways; give them a brake

It’s the time of year when an increase in deer activity leads to more road-killed deer that attract animals, such as eagles, to a free meal along roadways. This is also the time of year when Minnesota Department of Natural Resources nongame wildlife staff and area wildlife managers receive many calls about injured or dead eagles on Minnesota roads.Full story.

 

Be Safe with Campfires

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

  • Clear the campfire site down to bare soil
  • The area should be clear of any combustible material 5 feet in all directions around the fire.
  • Build a small fire no more than 3 feet in diameter
    • The fire should be contained within a designated fire ring which is 3 feet or less in diameter and 3 feet or less in height.
    • To build one, scoop out a depression in the center of a cleared area and arrange a ring of rocks around it.
  • Have a bucket of water and a shovel near the campfire
  • Put out the campfire by drowning it with water, stirring it and drowning it again

For people who don’t have a campsite with a designated fire ring, select a safe place for the campfire. Choose a level area away from dry grass, shrubs or logs that is free of overhanging branches. Then scoop out a depression in the center of the area and put a ring of rocks around it.

An adult should attend the fire at all times – even a light breeze can cause the fire to spread. Always have a shovel and water available at the campfire to extinguish it. Stir the embers repeatedly with water or dirt until every ember is out cold.

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

Discover more by visiting Smokey Bear's campfire safety website.

The MN DNR wants to remind visitors that only approved firewood is allowed on lands managed by the DNR, such as state parks, state forests and wildlife management areas.  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.

At this time, the following counties do not require permits, but subject to change as snow accumulates or melts.

Becker, Cass North, Cook, Douglas, Grant, Hubbard, Lake, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse, Wadena and Wilkin.

Refer to the Burning Permits website or contact your local DNR office or Sheriff's Office for updated information.

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.