Open burning of brush or yard waste is now prohibited in 14 central and east-central Minnesota counties as spring restrictions take effect. The D-N-R’s wildfire prevention supervisor, Allissa Reynolds, says March-April-May is usually highest-risk for wildfires: “Basically due to the vegetation from the previous year that’s still dead and drying out and is really susceptible to wind-driven grass fires, is what we typically see here in Minnesota.” Reynolds expects more counties will be added to the burning restriction list as conditions warm in northern Minnesota.
Reynolds notes recreational fires, such as campfires, are still allowed — but has this caution:
“Even if we have rains in the morning, by the afternoon that grass can be dry enough to burn — and with a little bit of wind behind it, that campfire or that recreational fire can really get away.”
People cause 90 percent of wildfires in Minnesota. If a debris fire rekindles or escapes, the person who set it is liable for any damage caused, plus costs for wildfire suppression.
The restrictions apply in the following counties:
· Mille Lacs