St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will place burning restrictions over the central part of the state because fire danger is expected to rapidly increase as winds pick up and snow continues to melt.
On April 21, the counties under restrictions include Aitkin, Becker, Cass (portions south of the Chippewa National Forest boundary), Clearwater, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Kanabec, Mahnomen, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Polk (portions south and east of County Road 6 from the Mahnomen County line to state Highway 92 east to the Clearwater County line), and Wadena.
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.
More counties will be added as conditions warrant.
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 carefully and make sure it is out and cold to the touch before leaving.
Fire conditions may change quickly over the next few weeks.
Written for the web by Jeremy Brickley