Even with a wet spring across the Northland, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone that there is still a fire danger across the area.

To prevent wildfires due to escaped debris burns, the DNR has issued burning restrictions in 44 counties, including both North and South St. Louis County.  According to the DNR, escaped debris fires cause four of every 10 Minnesota wildfires each year and that makes restrictions necessary.

Burning debris is not recommended until foliage greens up.  If a debris fire, or any other fire, gets out of control, people are instructed to call 911 immediately. Grass fires can be deceptively fast, change direction suddenly, and be challenging to extinguish.

When it comes to campfires, the DNR offers these recommendations:

  • Keep flammable material 3 feet away from the fire.
  • Attend to the campfire at all times.
  • Have a handy source of water ready.
  • Stir the ashes and make certain the campfire is completely out before leaving.

Basically, before you burn anything, check for updated burning restrictions and fire dangers.  The link below will offer helpful, updated information in that regard.