Mar 20, 2012 at 5:17 am
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Department of Natural Resources is imposing burning restrictions over much of Minnesota next Monday.
That means the state will not give out burning permits for yard waste or brush burning. Campfires are still allowed.
The initial burning restrictions this spring cover much of central and northern Minnesota. Additional counties will be added, depending on conditions.
The following counties will be included in the initial burning restrictions this spring: Aitkin, Anoka, Becker, southern Beltrami (that portion south of Hwy. 1), Benton, Carlton, Cass, Chisago, Clearwater, Crow Wing, Dakota, Douglas, Hennepin, Hubbard, Isanti, Itasca, Kanabec, Kittson, Manhomen, Marshall, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Otter Tail, Pennington, Pine, Polk (that portion south and east of County Road 6 from the Manhomen County line to MN Hwy 92 east to the Clearwater County line) Pope, Ramsey, Roseau (that portion west of Hwy. 89), Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, Wadena, Washington, and Wright.
The DNR says fire danger is expected to rapidly increase in most of Minnesota in the coming week as snow continues to melt and winds dry dead grass and brush.
The restrictions usually last from four to six weeks until vegetation greens up.