Unseasonably high temperatures and a lack of rain have combined to create high fire-danger ratings in northwest Minnesota, the state Department of Natural Resources said.
Expected hot, windy weather this week will increase fire potential throughout most of the state.
Fire managers in northwest Minnesota reported seeing willow brush producing 30-foot flames and fire burning in the tops of aspen trees, a phenomenon known as “crowning.”
Fires can spread quickly through grass and can ignite peat that can burn deep.
The DNR urges those heading to the lakes and woods for the holiday weekend to use caution with fire and suggests people clear an area around the fire, attend to it at all times and make sure it is cold to the touch before they leave it unattended.
Burning permits are likely to be restricted in dry areas this week. Check the DNR website atwww.dnr.state.mn.us/forestry/fire/questions.htmlfor updated information or call a local area forestry office. The number for the Warroad office, which handles much of northwest Minnesota, is(218) 386-1304.
Landowners or others who lose control of a fire will be responsible for costs of firefighting as well as the costs of extinguishing any peat that might ignite.