November 25, 2015
Statewide Planning Level is 2
The National Preparedness Level is 1.
Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving and remember to visit a State Park on Black Friday and enjoy nature!
Free Admission to state parks on Black Friday
Lt. Gov. Tina Smith and DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr announced that entrance fees to all 76 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas will be waived on Friday, November 27 for "Free Park Friday," encouraging Minnesotans to spend time outdoors, and with family, on the day after Thanksgiving. Full story.
Hunters: Firewood Restriction in effect on DNR- administered lands.
The DNR reminds hunters that only DNR approved firewood may be brought onto any DNR administered lands, including state forests and wildlife management areas. Full story.
Be Safe with Fire
The DNR suggests following these steps to build a safe campfire:
- Clear the campfire site down to bare soil
- Build a small fire no more than 3 feet in diameter
- 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
Be careful with gas lanterns, barbecue grills, gas stoves and anything that can start a wildfire.
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.
All Minnesota counties require burning permits, and will enforce additional burning restrictions as conditions require. No burning restrictions are in effect at this time.
Please refer to the map of burning restrictions as these restrictions change daily depending upon conditions!
When there are 3 or more inches of snow on the ground, a burning permit is not required.
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.