Burning restrictions begin locally
June 16, 2023
To help ensure public safety and protect natural resources, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has activated burning restrictions for Carlton, Cook, Lake and St. Louis counties.
In the area affected by the restrictions, burning permits will not be issued for brush or yard waste; no fireworks may be ignited on any public or private land outside city limits (check with the local community for any additional restrictions); and campfires are allowed only in an established fire ring associated with a home, campground, or resort. No campfires are allowed for dispersed, remote, backpacking, or backcountry camping.
The restrictions will remain in effect until terminated by the DNR Commissioner when weather and environmental conditions indicate a reduction in fire danger.
Allissa Reynolds, wildfire prevention supervisor, said while residents and visitors in Carlton, Cook, Lake, and St. Louis counties may still see plenty of green vegetation, the current fire situation remains dangerous. With little precipitation and more warm weather in the extended forecast statewide, fire danger is likely to remain high through the end of June.
"Unusually dry conditions have increased the risk of fire. One unintentional spark in these conditions could result in thousands of charred acres and property damage," Reynolds said, "This is a dangerous time for wildfires in northeast Minnesota."