(Excerpt from article in the Wednesday March 18th Park Rapids Enterprise:)
"Because the snow is disappearing quickly, we urge people to check
fire conditions and burning regulations prior to doing any open burning
and to use extra caution when burning,” said Tom Fasteland, Minnesota
Interagency Fire Center coordinator.
With an early start to spring, open burning restrictions are likely to be implemented earlier than normal, likely this week.
"With the recent warm weather, the DNR’s fire behavior analysts are predicting an early start to Minnesota’s spring fire season.
Predicted temperatures this week in the 40s and 50s will likely take care of what little snowpack the state had this winter. Plus, forecasts for the next two weeks show mild temperatures and a dry weather pattern. Minnesota also had a relatively dry fall and very little snow this winter. All of this points toward abnormally dry conditions in early spring.
In addition to predicting an early start to the spring fire season, fire behavior analysts say that based on past weather patterns and fire occurrence, Minnesota will likely have an average to above average number of fires this spring. Without the snow compaction, grass fires will move faster and be more intense. And, with dry conditions, Minnesota could face fire mop-up and peat fire issues. "
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