DNR: Fire danger in northeastern Minnesota high this holiday weekend

DNR: Fire danger in northeastern Minnesota high this holiday weekend Photo: KSTP-TV.

Rebecca Omastiak
Updated: July 02, 2020 02:01 PM
Created: July 02, 2020 01:59 PM

Those living in, or visiting, northeastern Minnesota are being asked to be aware of dry conditions that have increased fire danger this holiday weekend.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources stated there is an increased potential for wildfires and, as a result, opening burning restrictions are in place in Cook and Lake counties as well as parts of St. Louis County. The DNR states campfires are allowed, however, they must be limited to no larger than 3 feet in diameter.

Additionally, aside from a limited number of developed campsites, campfires are banned inside Superior National Forest.

“Expanding drought conditions have dried grasses, shrubs, and trees in the area, resulting in increased fire danger,” said Aaron Mielke, Forestry Division assistant area supervisor in Grand Marais. “Please, be extra cautious with personal fireworks and campfires as you celebrate this holiday.”

The DNR reports "escaped campfires and fireworks" have caused more than 40 wildfires in Minnesota so far this year.

The DNR advises the following:

  • When having a campfire or lighting personal fireworks, keep a hose or water source nearby,
  • Remember that fireworks are not allowed in state forests, state parks, or on any other state lands,
  • After a campfire, drown-stir-repeat until the fire is completely out,
  • If the ground where a campfire was burning is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave.

Find more information about fire danger conditions and burn restrictions here.

More from KSTP.com:

KSTP's Fourth of July guide

State fire marshal provides tips for a safe 4th of July

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