Fire danger in most of Minnesota is expected to increase rapidly in the coming week, as the snow continues to melt and winds dry the dead standing grass and brush in open areas.
Because of this danger, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will place burning restrictions over much of the state starting March 26, with more areas included later.
Isanti County is included in the initial burning restrictions this spring.
Spring fire restrictions limit open burning until summer green-up occurs. Traditionally, most wildfires in Minnesota occur during April and May.
The restrictions normally last from four to six weeks until sufficient green vegetative growth occurs. Spring fire restrictions have resulted in a dramatic decrease in both the numbers and sizes of accidental fires. The burning restrictions mean the state will not give out burning permits for burning brush or yard waste.
Campfires are still allowed. Campers should watch their fire continuously and make sure it is out and cold to the touch before leaving the area.
Fire conditions may change quickly over the next few weeks.