Another surefire sign of spring is when the DNR issues burning restriction guidelines in parts of Minnesota.
That's the case Tuesday with the DNR now restricting open burning in the following counties: Anoka, Benton, Chisago, Douglas, Grant, Hennepin, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Pope, Ramsey, Sherburne, Stearns, Stevens, Todd, Traverse, Washington, and Wright.
It's essentially a stripe of counties across the center of the state, as you can see in the DNR map below.
“Escaped debris burns are the number one cause of wildfires, so that’s why we issue these restrictions,” said Casey McCoy, DNR fire prevention supervisor. “They really work – we’ve reduced wildfires by nearly a third since we started spring burning restrictions in 2001.”
The DNR recommends composting, chipping or taking brush and yard waste to a collection site. Anyone who burns debris will be held financially responsible if a fire spreads and burns other property.
As conditions change, so will the burning restrictions. The DNR updates restrictions and wildfire risks each day right here.
According to the St. Cloud Times, 42 acres of land was burned by a grass fire overnight night, with six area fire departments responding to the blaze after it was reported around 12:45 a.m. Tuesday. No structures were damaged and the cause of the fire hasn't been revealed.
Wildfires were fairly common in parts of Minnesota last April and May, with the state's largest in three years erupting in Roseau County in late April.