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Published May 22, 2009, 12:00 AM

DNR to lift burn restrictions in northern Minnesota counties

The Department of Natural Resources will lift burning restrictions in 12 northern Minnesota counties effective 8 a.m. Tuesday.

By: Herald Staff Report, Grand Forks Herald

The Department of Natural Resources will lift burning restrictions in 12 northern Minnesota counties effective 8 a.m. Tuesday.

The counties are Beltrami, the northern half of Cass, Carlton, Clearwater, Hubbard, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Polk, St. Louis and Roseau.

After Tuesday, only Cook and Lake counties in far northeastern Minnesota will still have burning restrictions.

Ron Stoffel, DNR wildfire suppression supervisor, said there may be days when burning vegetative material is not possible.

“Lack of rain, low humidity, and high winds may cause the DNR to prohibit burning during these weather patterns,” he said. “Restrictions will only be temporary and will be lifted as soon as winds die down and the humidity level increases, usually within a day or so.”

While it is much safer to burn now that vegetation has turned green, the DNR reminds everyone to obtain a permit before lighting a fire and to stay with it until the fire is completely out.

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