The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has placed a burning restriction over Washington County until things begin to green up.
The burning restrictions mean the state will not give out burning permits for burning brush or yard waste. Spring fire restrictions normally last from four to six weeks until sufficient green vegetative growth occurs.
“Because of the high fire incidence during this time period, the DNR initiates burning restrictions to coincide with this annual fire season,” Larry Himanga, DNR wildfire prevention coordinator said in a news release. Spring fire restrictions have resulted in a dramatic decrease in both the numbers and sizes of accidental fires.
Campfires are still allowed.
Fire conditions may change quickly over the next few weeks. Find more information and maps, and check fire conditions online.
Traditionally, the DNR says most wildfires in Minnesota occur during April and May.
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