DNR lifts burning restrictions

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) lifted restrictions on open burning at 12:01 a.m.  Tuesday, May 28. A statewide green up, combined with the recent precipitation have eased the critical fire danger.

Permits for open burning will generally be available throughout the state. However, a few areas in the extreme northern parts of the state plan to continue local restrictions until more moisture is received.

The DNR reminds everyone that, although the statewide restrictions are now lifted, local areas, counties or municipalities may have specific regulations or restrictions that affect burning operations. Check with local authorities to obtain proper permits before any open burning.

The DNR advises people to follow open burning laws and regulations, keep their burn piles small, have a water supply nearby, and stay with the fire until it is completely out. If a fire escapes the homeowner is responsible for damage and suppression costs.

Burning permits are available through state and federal forestry offices and township fire wardens. A $5 annual permit is available online at http://webapps1.dnr.state.mn.us/burning_permits.