More counties added to list with spring burn restrictions

As warm and dry weather continues to spread throughout the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has added the following counties to the burn restriction list: Aitkin, Becker, Beltrami, Carlton, Cass, Clay, Clearwater, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Itasca, Kittson, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Ottertail, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, Roseau, St. Louis South, Wadena, Wilkin

The state will not issue burning permits for brush or yard waste in these counties until the restrictions are lifted.

Restrictions also remain in place for: Anoka, Douglas, Benton, Chisago, Grant, Hennepin, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Pope, Ramsey, Sherburne, Stearns, Stevens, Todd, Traverse, Washington, Wright

“Warm and dry conditions are key factors for wildfires, so we have to remain vigilant about restricting open burning,” said Casey McCoy, DNR fire prevention supervisor. “These restrictions really do work: they’ve helped us reduce wildfires by more than 30 percent over the past decade.”

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 webpage for woodland composting.

People who burn debris will be held financially responsible if their fire escapes and burns other property.

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