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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • CFD issuing no burning permits, but coming rains will help

  • It's supposed to rain for around three days straight.
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  •     As everyone who knows anything about anything probably knows, there’s been a lot of fire-related stories in the news lately, from Crookston, to Red Lake, to Park Rapids and Menagha.
        The Crookston Fire Department and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are not issuing burning permits at this time, but the CFD says that campfires are still allowed if they are no larger than three feet high by three feet across.
        Some of the wildfires firefighters and the DNR have responded to in recent days across the state have been caused by campfires that have gotten out of control. If you’re going to have a campfire, clear an area around the fire and keep a water source handy. Stay with the fire at all times and make sure it is completely extinguished – cool to the touch – before leaving.
        The fire danger remains high. The Minnesota Incident Command System (MNICS) agencies urge people to call 911 if they see a fire. Don’t try to put it out yourself.
        The burning restrictions will remain in place until “green-up,” when the fire danger decreases. Burning restrictions prohibit open burning of vegetative debris.
        Things could really green up quick if the weather forecast for around four days straight of showers and thunderstorms holds true.
        “Any rain would help,” CFD Capt. Bob Magsam told the Times.
        For current information on fire danger, visit dnr.state.mn.us/forestry/fire/firerating_restrictions.html.
        Check MNICS.org for updates, too.
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