Wildfire update

October 20, 2014

With increasing winds and lack of moisture, fire danger is increasing as green fuels dry.

Enjoy autumn activities and stay safe!  Keep campfires to 3 feet tall by 3 feet wide, have a water source available and be sure your campfire is out and cold to the touch before leaving it.


As hunting season is under way, watch for more people and activity in wooded areas.


Leaf colors are changing in MN.  Peak color information in our State Parks and Trails is available at: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/fall_colors/index.html


Statewide Planning Level is at 3A.

The "A" indicates that personnel are available for out-of-state incidents.

The National Preparedness Level is now 1 with low activity.


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 are required statewide
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.

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.

Burning Permits website: https://webapps8.dnr.state.mn.us/burning_permits/admin_areas/list