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Created: April 16, 2021 07:33 PM
Now that the sun is shining and the weekend is here, many people are gearing up to have fun outdoors. Perhaps many are going to focus on yard cleanup. Even with all the rain the Northland received this week, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources urges homeowners to check burning restrictions in their area. Three more Northland counties have been added to the burning restrictions list.
“Warm and dry conditions are key factors for wildfires, so we have to remain on alert about restricting open burning,” Casey McCoy, DNR fire prevention supervisor said in a press release. “These restrictions really do work. They’ve helped reduce wildfires by more than 30 percent over the past decade.”
As fire season deepens and expands, the Minnesota DNR has added Aitkin, Carlton and Pine Counties to the burn restriction list.
According to the DNR, the state will not issue burning permits for brush or yard waste in these counties until the restrictions are lifted.
Burning restrictions remain in place for: Anoka, Becker, Beltrami, Benton, Cass, Chisago, Clay, Clearwater, Crow Wing, Douglas, Grant, Hennepin, Hubbard, Isanti, Itasca, Kanabec, Kittson, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Norman, Otter Tail, Pennington, Polk, Pope, Ramsey, Red Lake, Roseau, Sherburne, Stearns, Stevens, Todd, Traverse, Wadena, Washington, Wilkin and Wright counties.
McCoy encourages landowners to compost, chip, or take brush to a collection site rather than burn it. For information on how compost yard waste, visit the DNR’s guide to composting yard debris.
The DNR says people who burn debris will be held financially responsible if their fire escapes and burns other property.
For information and daily updates on current fire risk and open burning restrictions, visit the DNR website: mndnr.gov/burnrestrictions.
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