Minnesota DNR lifts burning restrictions in Northeastern Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will be lifting burning restrictions in Carlton, Cook, Lake, and St. Louis counties. On Monday, July 3 at 6 p.m. the burning restrictions will no longer be in effect. This will allow residents to ignite fireworks on any public or private land outside city limits.

However it’s advised to check with your local community for any additional restrictions. These restrictions include the use of campfires and burning permits for brush or yard waste. Even though recent rain has reduced wildfire risks in Northeastern Minnesota, the risk is still possible.

This lifting of burning restrictions goes hand in hand with recent changes made by the U.S. Forest Service for the Superior National Forest. Which also includes the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, and the National Park Service for Voyagers National Park. The lift of burning restrictions also applies to the tribal nations of Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, and Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. 

Minnesotans are encouraged to stay alert to fire danger, because it can change quickly. With a few warm or windy days, wildfires can happen incredibly quickly. According to Karen Harrison, wildfire prevention specialist, even with improved conditions fire dangers are still an issue this summer. “It’s still important for people to follow wildfire prevention tips such as proper campfire safety, using caution with fireworks, and checking fire danger before doing any burning.”

Harrison gave several suggestions on how to be cautious and keeping safe. Some of the tips are igniting fireworks away from dry grasses or other flammable material. Be safe with campfires by keeping it small (3 feet in diameter by 3 feet in height or smaller) and in an established fire ring. Never leave the campfire unattended and remember to drown-stir-repeat until it’s out cold before leaving. If it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave.

The DNR will continue to monitor conditions and will adjust county-specific burning restrictions as necessary. The health and safety of the public and firefighters is paramount. Check the fire danger and burning restrictions map for up-to-date information at mndnr.gov/burnrestrictions.