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Burning restriction in place for Becker, Otter Tail counties

Be careful with fire.

Fire danger in northwestern Minnesota is once again up to "extreme."

The upper two-thirds of the state is under a "very high" fire danger rating and burning restrictions are in place across most counties from the Twin Cities northward.

Beginning today, the DNR will put restrictions on campfires and open burning in 22 counties (including Becker, Otter Tail, Mahnomen, Todd and Wadena) ranging from the northwestern corner of the state through central Minnesota.

Officials say campfires or recreational fires outside of city limits will only be allowed in a designated fire pit designed for that type of use.

However, campfires will still be allowed at staffed campgrounds and resorts. In addition, no burning permits will be issued to the public, and the use of fireworks is prohibited outside city limits.

With the exception of the tip of Minnesota's Arrowhead, the entire state is now in a drought or abnormally dry.

The latest U.S. Drought Monitor shows the most extreme conditions still in portions of southern Minnesota.

It's even drier off Minnesota's southwestern corner, where "exceptional" drought has taken over portions of Iowa and South Dakota.

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