Restrictions on open burning will be lifted next week in 13 additional counties, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, May 7, burning restrictions will be removed from the following counties: Aitkin, Becker, Carlton, southern Cass (south of Highway 200), Crow Wing, Hubbard, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Otter Tail, Pine, Todd and Wadena.
Although the state burning restrictions are lifted in these counties; local areas, counties or municipalities may have specific regulations or restrictions that affect burning operations.
The DNR is lifting restrictions in areas where green-up of the fine fuels is occurring and wildfire conditions are easing. Although lawns are green, outlying areas such as fields and swamps are still brown because of tall, dry, dead vegetation.
The following counties are still under burning restrictions: Beltrami, Cass north of Highway 200, Clearwater, Cook, Itasca, Kittson, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Pennington, Polk (south and east of County Road 6 from the Mahnomen County line to Minnesota Highway 92 east to the Clearwater County line), Roseau and St. Louis.