Fire danger in most of Minnesota is expected to rapidly increase in the coming week as the snow continues to melt and winds dry the dead standing grass and brush in open areas, according to a state Department of Natural Resources news release.
The DNR will place burning restrictions over much of the state beginning March 26 and include restrictions for additional areas later.
Spring fire restrictions limit open burning until summer green-up occurs. Traditionally, most wildfires in Minnesota occur during April and May, and more than 95 percent of these fires are caused by human error.
The burning restrictions mean the state will not give out burning permits for burning brush or yard waste. Among the counties included in the initial burn restriction are southern Beltrami (south of Highway 1), Cass, Clearwater, Hubbard and Itasca. Anyone with questions about whether a burning restriction is in place should contact the DNR or local sheriff's office.
Campfires are still allowed but users are asked to watch the fire continuously and make sure it is out and cold to the touch before leaving, the DNR said.