DNR reminds campers, off-road riders of persistent fire danger

DNR reminds campers, off-road riders of persistent fire danger

May 18, 2021 News News -- KKIN-KFGI-KLKS-WWWI 0

By Paul Vold kkinradio@embarqmail.com (5/18/21)

(Minnesota) — Continued dry conditions across the north-central and northeastern portions of Minnesota present very high fire dangers for the spring outdoor recreational hobbyists.

Northern Minnesota counties remain under open burning restrictions. Wildland fire management agencies report nearly 900 wildland fires have burned more than 32,000 acres since the beginning of March. A majority of the wildfire activity has occurred in the northwest corner of the State, while 225 wildfires have been reported this spring across Northeastern Minnesota and in every county except Cook County which have been mostly human caused.

For campers, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds to never leave a campfire unattended; keep the fire within a ring and clear all flammable materials within 5 feet of the fire; and before leaving, make sure the fire is completely out, drown in water, stir and repeat, until embers are cold.

And for off-road riders: don’t park recreational vehicles, cars, or trucks on dry vegetation; and use an approved spark arrestor on all internal combustion powered equipment. 

For an updated listing of fire Danger and Burning Restrictions across the State of Minnesota, go to the DNR’s website.