Burning restrictions to take effect Monday in Crow Wing, part of Cass
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is placing burning restrictions over the central part of the state because fire danger is expected to increase as winds pick up and snow continues to melt. Restrictions will take effect in Crow Wing and part of Cass counties on Monday, April 21.
The burning restrictions mean the state will not give out burning permits for burning brush or yard waste. Spring fire restrictions limit open burning until summer green up occurs. Traditionally, most wildfires in Minnesota occur during April and May. More than 95 percent of these fires are caused by human error.
“Because of the high fire incidence during this time period, the DNR initiates burning restrictions to coincide with this annual fire season,” said Larry Himanga, DNR wildfire prevention coordinator.
The restrictions normally last from four to six weeks until sufficient green vegetative growth occurs. Campfires are still allowed. Be sure to watch the fire continuously and make sure it is out and cold to the touch before leaving.
Counties under restrictions starting Monday, April 21, are Aitkin, Becker, Cass (that portion south of the Chippewa National Forest boundary), Clearwater, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Kanabec, Mahnomen, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Polk (that portion south and east of County Road 6 from the Mahnomen County line to state Highway 92 east to the Clearwater County line) and Wadena.
For more information and maps, and to check fire conditions, visit www.dnr.state.mn.us/forestry/fire/firerating_restrictions.html.