Drought conditions across Minnesota have created the potential for an active and damaging spring wildfire season. Below-average snowfall this winter came on the heels of an abnormally dry fall in 2020. What little snow there is will quickly melt away, revealing very dry grasses – fuel favorable for wildfire ignition and spread.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is asking woodland landowners and homeowners to help prevent wildfires by using burn-free options for spring brush and yard cleanup. Many Minnesotans are surprised to learn that 75% of Minnesota wildfires occur in the months of March, April and May.
Annual spring burning restrictions will soon go into effect. These seasonal and temporary constraints curb the open burning of brush and vegetation. The timing and length of restrictions depends on the weather and how fast things “green up” in the spring.