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Agency eases fire rules in some counties

The Minnesota Interagency Fire Center on Wednesday announced relaxed fire restrictions in parts of central and northern Minnesota, including Itasca County, but an outdoor fire ban remains in effect for St. Louis, Lake and Cook counties.

The Minnesota Interagency Fire Center on Wednesday announced relaxed fire restrictions in parts of central and northern Minnesota, including Itasca County, but an outdoor fire ban remains in effect for St. Louis, Lake and Cook counties.

Ample rainfall across much of the state in recent weeks allowed restrictions to be relaxed or removed in some areas. The change allows recreational and charcoal fires in Itasca County, although burn barrels and brush pile fires remain illegal there. The same rules now apply in Aitkin, Beltrami, Carlton, Cass, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Kanabec, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Todd and Wadena counties.

Despite more than an inch of rain in Northeastern Minnesota, the region remains in a long drought. The dampening effects of Monday's rain will diminish within a few days, officials said, and forest fire danger will continue.

All outdoor fires -- including campfires, backyard fires and charcoal grill fires -- remain banned on state, county, federal and private lands in most of St. Louis, Lake and Cook Counties. The city of Duluth fire ban, including charcoal fires, also remains in effect.

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