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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is implementing fire restrictions for northern Minnesota area on July 13

Abdi Isaaq

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SAINT PAUL, MN — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is enforcing new burning restrictions for the eastern section of Roseau County and all of Beltrami, Cook, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods and St. Louis counties, excluding tribal areas, commencing at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, July 13, 2021. The burning restrictions remain in effect for Cass, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Itasca, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties.

The burning restrictions will continue in effect until the DNR Commissioner determines that fire danger has decreased due to weather and environmental factors.

Burning restrictions are in effect for the eastern section of Roseau County and the entire counties of Beltrami, Cook, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods and St. Louis, save tribal territories. Cass, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Itasca, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties continue to have burning restrictions.

Campfire restrictions:

• No campfires are allowed for dispersed, remote or backcountry camping.

• At affected counties, no campfires are permitted in state park backcountry campsites—regardless of whether the backcountry campsite has a fire ring.

• Other state parks throughout the state may have enacted similar limits on backcountry camping. Before building a campfire, contact the park office or check postings at the campground or park office.

• Campfires in designated fire rings are permitted in state parks and state forest campgrounds. At the moment, they are not subject to restrictions. Nonetheless, utmost vigilance is advised.

Fireworks restrictions:

• Fireworks cannot be used on any private or public lands outside city limits in the affected counties. Ensure that you check with your local community to determine if there are any additional restrictions.

• Fireworks are prohibited on all state lands, including state forests, state parks and other public places.

Open burning restrictions:

• In the counties affected, no new burning permits will be given.

• Existing burning permits cannot be activated electronically.

• To activate an existing burning permit, a special exception from your local DNR Forestry Office is required. For additional information, contact your county's burning permit office.

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