Burning restrictions take effect March 26 for much of state

Fire danger in most of Minnesota is expected to increase rapidly in the coming week, as the snow continues to melt and winds dry the dead standing grass and brush in open areas. Because of this danger, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will place burning restrictions over much of the state starting March 26, with more areas included later.

Spring fire restrictions limit open burning until summer green-up occurs. Traditionally, most wildfires in Minnesota occur during April and May. More than 95 percent of these fires are caused by human error.

The restrictions normally last from four to six weeks until sufficient green vegetative growth occurs. The burning restrictions mean the state will not give out burning permits for burning brush or yard waste. Campfires are still allowed. Campers should watch their fire continuously and make sure it is out and cold to the touch before leaving the area.

Restrictions will affect most of central and northwestern Minnesota. Carlton and Pine counties are included, but as yet none in the Arrowhead.