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Facing 'unprecedented' wildfire risk, DNR issues more campfire restrictions

This comes amid a statewide drought.

A day after the U.S. Forest Service nixed campfires in the Boundary Waters as well as in the Superior National Forest, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is imposing similar restrictions on campers. 

This comes amid what the National Weather Service is calling a "high-end drought for the Upper Midwest," which is impacting Minnesota statewide. 

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On Friday, the DNR announced additional campfire restrictions for north central and northeast Minnesota, "effective immediately."

This comes as the northern half of the state is facing "unprecedented" wildfire risk this weekend, with the weather staying hot but dew points plunging on Saturday, creating extremely dry conditions that bring with it heightened risk of wildfires.

No campfires will be allowed in "dispersed, remote, or backcountry camping, even if the site has an established fire ring."

Campfires are still allowed in state parks, recreation areas or "forest campgrounds," but only in established fire rings, and even then, only from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Campers are still able to use gas stoves for cooking, however.

The affected counties are Roseau County, Beltrami, Cass, Cook, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods, Morrison, St. Louis, Todd, and Wadena.

You can find out more about the restrictions, and which areas are impacted, by clicking right here. 

It's not yet clear when the restrictions will end. 

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