It's the time of the year when Minnesota residents across the state clean up their yard waste and either bring it to a recycling center or burn it away themselves. However, until further notice, residents in many counties across the state will not be able to choose the latter option. This includes a portion of St. Louis County.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is restricting open burning due to increased wildfire risk from dry conditions across much of Minnesota.

“Extreme drought conditions in combination with dry fall vegetation, low humidity, and wind make for dangerous fire conditions,” said Allissa Reynolds, DNR wildfire prevention supervisor. “Restricting open burning prevents a burn pile from escaping and becoming a wildfire.”

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The DNR will not issue permits for open burning of brush or yard waste in the following counties until the burning restrictions are lifted:

Aitkin, Anoka, Becker, Beltrami, Benton, Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Carlton, Carver, Cass, Chippewa, Chisago, Clay, Clearwater, Cottonwood, Crow Wing, Dakota, Dodge, Douglas, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Grant, Hennepin, Houston, Hubbard, Isanti, Itasca, Jackson, Kanabec, Kandiyohi, Kittson, Koochiching, Lac Qui Parle, Lake of the Woods, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Mahnomen, Marshall, Martin, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Mower, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Norman, Olmstead, Otter Tail, Pennington, Pine, Pipestone, Polk, Pope, Ramsey, Red Lake, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Rock, Roseau, Scott, Sherburne, Sibley, Southern St. Louis, Stearns, Steele, Stevens, Swift, Todd, Traverse, Wabasha, Wadena, Waseca, Washington, Watonwan, Wilkin, Winona, Wright, Yellow Medicine.

While Residents backyard campfires are still permissible, residents are urged to use extreme caution.

Burning restrictions will be adjusted as conditions change. For more information and daily updates on current fire risk and open burning restrictions, visit the Minnesota Fire Danger & Burning Restrictions website.

The National Weather Service in Duluth is also cautioning residents of the heightened fire risks as our mild and windy week continues.

Their extended forecast does call for precipitation, as well as a temperature drop, as hunters across Minnesota head out for the deer opener.

Also, remember to set clocks back an hour before you go to bed Sunday night. It's officially Daylight Saving weekend.

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