DNR says, “It’s Still Dry, Check Conditions Before Burning”

DNR says, “It’s Still Dry, Check Conditions Before Burning”

November 23, 2022 News News -- KKIN-KFGI-KLKS-WWWI 0
debris burning with snow cover

If you plan to burn this month, first check the fire danger and burning restrictions webpage and monitor conditions closely. Burning permits are required across much of the state right now.Drought conditions over the past year mean fires can burn into the dry organic layer below the surface. These deep fires hold heat for days or sometimes months that can lead to wildfires later in the season, or even next spring.

If you plan to burn, play it safe and reduce wildfire risk.  

  • Consider composting or chipping your debris. This is the safest option.
  • Check conditions before burning. Weather and fire danger change quickly.
  • Plan your pile location. Lowland areas pose a higher risk of burning down into the dry organic layer.  
  • Always supervise your fire – never leave it unattended.  
  • Make sure the pile is all the way out. Drown the remaining coals with water or snow, stirring and repeating until it’s out cold.
  • Feel for residual heat. If it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave.

Only you can prevent wildfires – escaped debris burns are the #1 cause of wildfires in Minnesota. Remember, you need a burning permit whenever there’s less than 3″ of continuous snowpack.