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Published May 05, 2010, 12:00 AM

Some burning restrictions relaxed

Rainfall across much of Minnesota in recent days has spurred the Department of Natural Resources to relax burning restrictions across much of the state, but some fires are still banned in Northeastern Minnesota, where conditions remain unusually dry.

By: News Tribune, Duluth News Tribune

Rainfall across much of Minnesota in recent days has spurred the Department of Natural Resources to relax burning restrictions across much of the state, but some fires are still banned in Northeastern Minnesota, where conditions remain unusually dry.

Burning restrictions remain in effect in Aitkin, Becker, Beltrami, Carlton, Cass, Clearwater, Cook, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Itasca, Kittson, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Pine, Roseau, St. Louis and Wadena counties and part of Polk County, where no brush burning is allowed and no campfires are allowed in remote areas.

State fire restrictions remain in Cook, Lake and much of St. Louis counties, where little rain has fallen in recent weeks, with campfires allowed only in designated fire rings at a residence, resort or developed public or private campground. Campfires at remote locations remain illegal.

Voyageurs National Park has ended all campfire and grill restrictions. The Superior National Forest also has reopened the Kekekabic Trail and has relaxed some fire restrictions, allowing campfires in designated campsites in all areas. Fires are still banned outside designated sites.

Much of the Arrowhead remains in a severe drought, while much of the Northland is considered in a moderate drought. Duluth is nearly 3 inches below normal for precipitation for the year so far.

Minnesota has seen more than 1,000 wildfires burn across nearly 25,000 acres so far this year.

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