Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- In a quicker than anticipated time frame, burning permit restrictions for Minnesota now cover the entire state.
According to the Minnesota DNR, burning permits are now required for anyone in the state wanting to burn small amounts of dry leaves, plant clippings, brush, and untreated, unpainted wood as long as weather conditions do not pose an immediate fire hazard.
For certain south central state counties, restricted burning variance permits are only available. At this time, campfires are still allowed in small, controlled settings.
At the same time, according to the current DNR fire rating, the risk of wildfires is still low for roughly half of the state.
The announcement comes on the start of what Governor Mark Dayton is calling Wildfire Prevention Week in Minnesota.
In the past 18 months wildfires burned 21 homes, three commercial buildings, and threatened more than 500 other structures.
The DNR expects burning restrictions will continue to expand throughout the state as the snow continues to melt, exposing dead, dry grass.
The restrictions would last typically until green up.
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