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24 Minnesota counties added to burn restriction list

24 Minnesota counties added to burn restriction list Photo: KSTP/ File

April 29, 2019 08:14 AM

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has added several more counties to the burn restriction list.

Those counties are: Aitkin, Becker, Beltrami, Carlton, Cass, Clay, Clearwater, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Itasca, Kittson, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Ottertail, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, Roseau, St. Louis South, Wadena, and Wilkin.

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DNR officials said the state will not issue burn permits in those counties until the restrictions are lifted.

"Warm and dry conditions are key factors for wildfires, so we have to remain vigilant about restricting open burning," Casey McCoy, DNR fire prevention supervisor, said in a statement. "These restrictions really do work: they've helped us reduce wildfires by more than 30 percent over the past decade."

Those who have brush or yard waste are asked to compost, chip or take those items to a collection site instead of burning them.

RELATED: DNR: Spring burning restrictions in place across Minnesota

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