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DNR issues reminder on burning permits
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds residents that permits are required for open burning and those permits have limitations.
An open burning permit is required for any fire larger than a campfire up to three feet in diameter and when the ground is not covered by at least three inches of snow.
Open burning is restricted to vegetative materials such as grass, brush or untreated wood.
“What you can and can’t burn is pretty simple,” according to DNR Fire Supervisor Tom Romaine. “If it’s not natural, untreated, vegetative material, it cannot be burned.”
Under extremely dry conditions, open burning permits may be limited by burning restrictions or bans. When this occurs, not only are existing permits voided and new permits not issued, but recreational fires, and even smoking outdoors, may be prohibited, depending on the fire danger.
Illegal burning is a misdemeanor, but bigger financial penalties often result from loss of property, proper disposal of burnt materials and firefighting expenses.
The process to obtain an open burning permit varies by county. People should contact their local county sheriff’s office at the nonemergency phone number, during regular business hours, for more information.