Friday, May 15, 2009

Fire Restrictions to Be Lifted Around Brainerd

The DNR will lift burning restrictions next Friday for Aitkin, Crow Wing, Wadena, and the southern half of Cass County.

Fire Prevention Forester Larry Himanga says they want to be cautious, but feels
adequate green-up will take place by Memorial Day weekend. This will allow cabin and homeowners to complete yard work that may require vegetation disposal over the
holiday weekend.

Himanga added that although restrictions will be removed, anyone starting a fire is responsible for tending and extinguishing it. If a fire gets away, the landowner is liable for the costs of putting the fire out.

An alternative to burning is composting vegetative waste and recycling other products.

Any burning, other than a campfire or items burned in a burn barrel, requires a burning permit, which is available from local forestry offices, fire wardens, or online. A fee may be charged to obtain a permit.

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