Small campfires only: Burning restrictions in effect across the state
(THE MED CITY BEAT) - The Rochester Fire Department has responded to at least three grass fires in the last 24 hours, according to Assistant Fire Marshal Larry Mueller.
The entire state of Minnesota is currently under some sort of fire restriction. The state Department of Natural Resources lists the fire danger in the southeast part of the state as "very high."
Favorable conditions for quick-moving fires — dry vegetation, low humidity and strong winds — are expected to persist for at least the next 24 hours.
Only campfires with an extinguisher in close proximity are allowed. The DNR recommends: clearings an area around the fire, watching it continuously and making sure it is out and cold to the touch before leaving.
In Minnesota, more fires occur in April than any other month with an average of 775 fires that burn 19,669 acres, according to the DNR. Burning restrictions usually end in early to mid-May.
Click here to see up-to-date burning restrictions across the state.