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4/26/2012 9:29:00 AM
DNR to lift burning restrictions

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will lift burning restrictions in 13 Minnesota counties beginning at 8 a.m. Friday, April 27. The DNR is lifting restrictions in areas where green-up is occurring and wildfire conditions are easing. The following counties will be removed from burning restrictions April 27: Anoka, Benton, Chisago, Dakota, Douglas, Hennepin, Isanti, Pope, Ramsey, Stearns, Sherburne, Washington and Wright counties. Although the state burning restrictions are lifted in these counties, local areas, counties or municipalities may have specific regulations or restrictions that affect burning operations. People should check with local authorities to obtain proper permits before conducting any open burning. DNR officials advise anyone conducting burning to keep their burn piles small, have a water supply nearby and stay with the fire until it is completely out. If the fire escapes, the homeowner is responsible for the damage and suppression costs. Burning permits are available through state and federal forestry offices, from local fire wardens, or online for $5 fee per calendar year. Online permits need to be activated on the day of the burn. Many counties in central and northern Minnesota will remain under burning restrictions until current wildfire conditions are lessened. These counties are: Aitkin, Becker, Beltrami, Carlton, Cass, Clearwater, Cook, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Itasca, Kanabec, Kittson, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Otter Tail, Pennington, Pine, Polk (part), Roseau, St. Louis, Todd and Wadena counties. That portion of Polk County south and east of County Road 6 from the Mahnomen County line to Minnesota Highway 92 east to the Clearwater County line remains under burning restrictions. Burning restrictions for any remaining counties will be lifted when vegetation green-up occurs and safe burning conditions prevail. Additional information regarding burning restrictions can be found on the DNR’s website.

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