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The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds landowners that although the area vegetation is lush and green, wildfires are still a concern.

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"Green vegetation can still burn," said Bill Glesener, DNR Northwest Region fire specialist. "Weather conditions such as temperature, humidity and winds, determine fire intensity and rates of spread, not the color of the vegetation. Dead materials within the green areas, including leaves and pine needles, are still available to burn."

Burning permits are required, except for campfires - fires set for cooking, warming, or ceremonial purposes that are not more than 3 feet in diameter by 3 feet high, and have had the ground 5 feet from the base of the fire cleared of all combustible material.

Avoid lighting a fire when conditions are windy. Even though it may be calm in the morning, weather conditions can quickly change. In a matter of minutes, wind can suddenly come up, gentle breezes can become strong winds and wind direction can change drastically.

"If you lose control of your small debris fire or grass fire, it can quickly become a wildfire and you will be responsible for the costs of fighting it," said Glesener. "Be careful when you burn. Don't let your fire become a wildfire."

Please check conditions/restrictions with your local DNR Forestry office, local fire warden, or online at www.mn.dnr.gov.

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