Brainerd Area News

Wildfire Season Doesn’t End When Summer Starts


This holiday weekend, Minnesotans can enjoy the outdoors, have fun, and put safety first in all things they do. This includes being safe with fire, especially in the northern half of the state where extremely dry conditions persist. Whether you are hanging out with family around a backyard fire or riding your ATV along a dry trail, please be careful with any heat source that can cause a spark in these dry conditions.

Current conditions

Most of northern Minnesota is under high or very high fire danger. Be sure to check burning restrictions. Winds are predicted to gust on and off, which can quickly and easily spread a fire, especially in dry parts of the state – even after a small rainfall.

Recreational fires

Small recreational fires or campfires are still allowed during the burning restrictions. As you enjoy small gatherings with family, be safe with your recreational fire.

  • Be attentive to your campfire. Make sure your campfire is not more than 3 feet in diameter by 3 feet high, and the ground is cleared of all combustible material at least 5 feet from the base of the fire. Keep a hose or water nearby.
  • After a campfire, Drown-Stir-Repeat until it is out cold. If it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave.

Yard work

Memorial Day weekend is one of the biggest yard work weekends of the year. The DNR asks Minnesotans to do their part and not burn during these dry conditions.

  • Do not burn debris.
  • They encourage people to use alternatives to burning, such as composting, chipping, or taking brush to a collection site. For information on how to compost yard debris, visit the DNR’s guide to composting yard debris.
  • Be careful with any machinery or recreational vehicles – like ATVs and lawn mowers – that can spark and easily ignite dry grass or other vegetation.

If you see a wildfire, call 911.

All that said, have a safe and FUN Memorial weekend. Come on summer!

Written by:  Brian Moon