Under the new restrictions by the DNR, campfires are still allowed but the burning period has been restricted to 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. The fire must be in a fire receptacle designed for such use and associated with a residence, resort, or developed public and private campgrounds. In all situations, there must be an adequate source of water immediately available for extinguishing the campfire.
Burning permits will not be issued except with very limited exceptions and only by state and federal forestry offices.
Fireworks will not be allowed outside municipalities and devices with open flame, such as welders and acetylene torches, will be prohibited in forest and grass areas, except under special permit.
Exsted said Baxter is included under the DNR’s restrictions by default because the restrictions are more restrictive than the city’s own burning ordinance.
The city’s ordinance prohibits leaf burning from April 1-May 15.
"It’s just too dry out there," Exsted said.
In Brainerd, Acting Fire Chief Keith Bachman said the ban on recreational campfires will remain in effect until the foreseeable future. Bachman previously said he would re-evaluate the campfire ban Friday but after speaking with the DNR it was determined the fire danger was too great.
"It’s too dry yet," Bachman said. "We’re going to stay on the ban until we hear it’s getting better. Hopefully we get some rain this weekend."
The fire danger Thursday in Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties remained very high, meaning fires start very easily and spread at a very fast rate. Those counties also fall under the DNR’s new fire restrictions that go into effect Friday.
The DNR’s restrictions will remain in place until sufficient precipitation is received to moderate fire danger.
The hance of rain Bachman referred to starts at midnight Saturday, with a 40-percent chance of rain forecast by the National Weather Service in Duluth. The weather service’s forecast call for a 60percent chance of rain Saturday afternoon and a 30 ercent chance of rain Saturday night.
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Posted by: invisable at Apr. 23, 2010 at 12:41:08 pm
Like Smokey The Bear would Say Only You can Prevent Forest Fires !!!.
Posted by: stopahead at Apr. 23, 2010 at 6:39:58 pm
good to know that Baxter is not above the DNR. thanks dispatch.