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NW Minnesota burning restrictions start today

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Because fire danger is high to very high across major portions of the state due to continued drought conditions, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is initiating burning restrictions in northwestern and north-central Minnesota, beginning at 1 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23.

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The counties having limitations placed on campfires and open burning include: Becker, Beltrami, Benton, Cass (north of Highway 200), Clearwater, Douglas, Hubbard, Kanabec, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Otter Tail, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, Roseau, Stearns, Todd, and Wadena.

Campfires or recreational fires outside municipalities are allowed only in a designated receptacle designed for such use and associated with a residence, staffed campgrounds such as state parks, or resorts. In addition, no burning permits will be issued to the general public and no use of fireworks will be allowed outside of municipalities.

The DNR urges everyone to use extreme caution where campfires are allowed. Charcoal fires are not limited at this time, but they should not be left unattended. Make sure they are completely out before leaving.

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