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Minnesota DNR places burn restrictions on 14 counties

Apr 11, 2022 04:55PM ● By Editor

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is restricting open burning, citing an increased wildfire risk due to warmer weather and dry conditions.  Photo: MN DNR

From KSTP-TV • April 11, 2022

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is restricting open burning, citing an increased wildfire risk due to warmer weather and dry conditions.

Fourteen counties are affected by the restrictions: Anoka, Benton, Chisago, Hennepin, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Ramsey, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, Washington and Wright counties.

In those counties, the DNR won’t issue permits for open burning of brush or yard waste until the restrictions are lifted.

Approximately 90% of wildfires in Minnesota are human-caused, the DNR reports.

Instead of burning, the DNR is encouraging Minnesotans to try different methods to dispose of yard waste, like composting, chipping or taking it to a collection site.

“Wildfire risk increases each year after the snow melts and before grass greens up,” Allissa Reynolds, a DNR wildfire prevention supervisor, said. “Spring burning restrictions help to reduce the number of wildfires, especially those caused by debris burning.”

The DNR says burn restrictions will be updated as conditions continue to change. Click here to see the latest fire danger and burn restrictions maps.

From the MN DNR Media Release:

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is restricting open burning due to increased wildfire risk from warm temperatures and dry conditions.

The restrictions apply in the following counties:

  • Anoka
  • Benton
  • Chisago
  • Hennepin
  • Isanti
  • Kanabec
  • Mille Lacs
  • Morrison
  • Ramsey
  • Sherburne
  • Stearns
  • Todd
  • Washington
  • Wright

The DNR will not issue permits for open burning of brush or yard waste in these counties until restrictions are lifted.

“Wildfire risk increases each year after the snow melts and before grass greens up,” said Allissa Reynolds, DNR wildfire prevention supervisor. “Spring burning restrictions help to reduce the number of wildfires, especially those caused by debris burning.”

Reynolds encourages residents to use alternatives to burning to dispose of yard waste, such as composting, chipping, or taking brush to a collection site. For more information, visit the wildfire prevention page of the DNR website.

People cause 90% of wildfires in Minnesota. If a debris fire rekindles or escapes, the person who set it is liable for any damage caused, as well as for wildfire suppression costs.

Burning restrictions will be adjusted as conditions change. For more information and daily updates on current fire risk and open burning restrictions, visit the statewide fire danger and burning restrictions page of the DNR website.


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