Minnesota DNR Issues Burning Restrictions Across State

By KBJR News 1

September 20, 2012 Updated Sep 20, 2012 at 6:41 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is enacting burning restrictions across northwestern and central parts of Minnesota due to worsening drought conditions.

The restrictions are following the banning of campfires in the B-W-C-A.

Starting this Sunday at 1 A-M all campfires are banned unless in a residential yard or in a staffed campground such as a resort or state park.

The ban includes brush and debris fires and no use of fireworks is allowed during this time.

No burning permits will be issued to the general public because fires can start easily in drought conditions and spread quickly.

The D-N-R and other wildfire agencies in the state have brought in additional resources and placed them on a Level 5 alert, the highest planning level.

Officials are concerned that the lack of rainfall has allowed the wood debris and trees to ignite easier and it makes fighting the fires harder and more demanding.

Some forested areas in the state fell more than 6 inches short in rainfall this summer and officials are watching and worried that a fire could start anytime.

The following counties are affected by the ban:
Becker, Beltrami, Benton, Cass (north of Highway 200), Clearwater, Douglas, Hubbard, Kanabec, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Ottertail, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, Roseau, Stearns, Todd, and Wadena

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