Otter Tail County under fire restrictionPublished 9:43am Thursday, April 17, 2014 Updated 11:44am Thursday, April 17, 2014
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources placed burning restrictions over the central part of the state Monday because fire danger is expected to rapidly increase as winds pick up and snow continues to melt.
Douglas, Otter Tail, Pope and Todd are included in the fire restriction area.
The burning restrictions mean the state will not give out burning permits for burning brush or yard waste.
Spring fire restrictions limit open burning until summer green up occurs. Traditionally, most wildfires in Minnesota occur during April and May.
More than 95 percent of these fires are caused by human error.
“Because of the high fire incidence during this time period, the DNR initiates burning restrictions to coincide with this annual fire season,” said Larry Himanga, DNR wildfire prevention coordinator.
On April 21, Wadena and other areas will begin fire restrictions.
More counties will be added as conditions warrant.
The restrictions normally last from four to six weeks until sufficient green vegetative growth occurs.
Spring fire restrictions have resulted in a dramatic decrease in both the numbers and sizes of accidental fires, Himanga said.
Campfires are still allowed. Be sure to watch the fire continuously and make sure it is out and cold to the touch before leaving.
Find more information and maps, and check fire conditions at www.dnr.state.mn.us