From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
-- Sixteen more counties are being placed under burning restrictions this spring to reduce the occurrence of wildfires which can damage homes and other personal property.
The counties include Aitkin, Becker, Beltrami, Carlton, Cass in its entirety, Clearwater, Hubbard, Itasca, Kittson, Mahnomen, Marshall, Otter Tail, Pennington, Polk east of Highway 6 and south of Highway 92, Roseau, and St. Louis south of a line between townships 55 and 56 North. This line runs west/east from the towns of Silica to Central Lakes to Brimson. Nineteen counties in the central part of the state already are under burning restrictions.
With the warmer weather, extremely fast snow melt continues throughout much of central and northern Minnesota. The five remaining northernmost counties may go under restrictions prior to the end of April. Restrictions will remain in effect until the threat of wildfires decreases.
Burning restrictions reduce dramatically the number of human-caused wildfires, which account for more than 98 percent of all wildfires requiring a DNR response. Lightning fires account for less than two percent and normally occur during drought conditions, usually during the summer and fall when thunderstorms are more prevalent.
Campfires are still allowed and never require a burning permit. These fires must be kept to 3 feet in diameter, be no higher than 3 feet tall, and must be attended at all times.