Dry conditions in Minnesota raise spring fire risk 09 Feb 12

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The Department of Natural Resources and fire officials are concerned about extremely dry conditions in Minnesota as spring approaches.

The DNR is requiring permits for open burning in all but about the northern fourth of the state because of the lack of snow cover. Timber still covers the ground in east central Minnesota where a pair of windstorms last July knocked down trees. The storms wiped out nearly 30,000 acres of state forest and park land, including parts of St. Croix State Park.

DNR regional forestry supervisor Jeremy Fauske in Sandstone says the extraordinary dry conditions combined with the dead trees amplify the fire danger. The Star Tribune says the U.S. Drought Monitor shows all but the extreme southeast corner of the state is experiencing some degree of drought.

Information from: Star Tribune

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