Burning restrictions

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ALBERT LEA, MN — The rain and snow may have the ground wet in our area so burning restrictions may not be in place yet.

That is why the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is encouraging homeowners to get their burning done now before restrictions do take place.

They say the safest way to dispose of leaves and brush is by composting it, but if that is not possible burning is an option. If you decide to burn make sure it is something you can control.

“People say well I just had a little fire and I just turned around,” said Captain Scott Hanna of the Albert Lea Fire Department, “They don’t realize that fires will double in size every minute to two minutes on a residential structure. Outside you can go from a small recreational fire to a whole field on fire with just a gust of wind.”

He said you may not be in the clear with the wet weather either.

“If they’re looking at burning, say the rain stops and they’re going to burn, they need to look at wind direction and what’s going on and what they have for fire suppression equipment and really what’s recommended in their area,” Hanna said.

He said before you burn make sure you check what your area’s restrictions are so you are not burning illegally.

He said southern Minnesota is treated differently than northern Minnesota because of the fire load, or the amount of combustible matter in the area.

He also reminds us that the area is still in drought conditions despite the recent weather.

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