Some of the most famous outdoor destinations in Minnesota are under an extreme fire danger risk, and there doesn't look to be much relief in the coming days.
Most of the eastern half of Minnesota is at an elevated fire risk after we've had a pretty long dry stretch of weather this spring. It's also been windy, with red flag warnings being issued periodically.
The places that are the most at risk are in Northern Minnesota, near the Canadian border. Popular destinations like Voyageur's National Park, Crane Lake, Vermilion, Ely, The Boundary Waters Canoe Area, and Bear Head State Park are just several of the many places under this extreme fire risk.
What is considered an "Extreme" fire risk?
Extreme fire risk means that the fire situation is explosive and can result in extensive property damage.
There are burning restrictions in place for most of Minnesota's Arrowhead region. No open burning will be allowed. Campfires were still permitted as of Tuesday morning. Stay tuned for updates on that. Campfires must not be left unattended and can be no larger than three feet wide.
Even a campfire in the backyard can get out of control, especially on windy days. If any fire is larger than 3 feet wide and 3 feet tall, a burning permit is required.
We spoke with Brandon Weatherz, WDIO meteorologist this morning, hoping that some of the rain forecasted for this week would help lower the fire risk. According to Brandon, unfortunately, these passing showers won't be much of soakers, so they won't have much effect.
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