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Burning restrictions moving north in Minnesota

Annual spring burning restrictions are creeping north as the last snow melts and before the spring greenup turns fields and woods more lush. Permits will be required for any open burning in southern St. Louis, Carlton, Itasca and northern Cass co...

Annual spring burning restrictions are creeping north as the last snow melts and before the spring greenup turns fields and woods more lush.

Permits will be required for any open burning in southern St. Louis, Carlton, Itasca and northern Cass counties starting Monday. They already are required for all of Pine, southern Cass, Aitkin, Crow Wing, Mille Lacs and Kanabec counties.

Restrictions will be put in place later in May for northern St. Louis, Lake, Cook and Koochiching counties.

April and May usually are the peak months for wildfires in Minnesota, although that hasn't happened this year because of prolonged snow cover and spring rains. Last year's dead brush, grass and leaves still could become fuel for a fire, however, if the region goes a week or more without rain.

Fire danger generally diminishes in late May and June when regular rains fall, and then increases in August as the region dries out again.

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An open burning permit is required for any fire larger than three feet in diameter and if there is less than three inches of snow on the ground. Burning permits can be obtained by contacting a DNR forestry office, a local fire warden or online at mndnr.gov.

Within a municipality that controls open burning, local permits or more stringent regulations may apply. The permits must be activated each day before any burning, and may be restricted if weather conditions warrant.

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