MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Department of Natural Resources says the relatively mild winter will likely lead to an early snow melt and therefore a sooner-than-usual start to fire season.
After snow melt occurs – and it could come as early as March for some Minnesota communities – burning restrictions go into effect. These bar residents from burning yard debris until summer green up.READ MORE: Bemidji Police Seek Help Finding Teens Emily Luhm And Zoe Jones
Linda Gormanson, the DNR fire prevention supervisor, said in a press release Thursday that 98 percent of wild fires in Minnesota are caused by humans.
Those fires often start with burning debris.READ MORE: 50-Car Train Derails In Albert Lea, Police Ask Public To Avoid Area North Of Hawthorne Street
“Therefore,” she said, “the DNR encourages using alternatives to debris burning such as composting and mulching whenever possible.”
In a typical year, Minnesota sees the most wildfires between April and May.MORE NEWS: MN Weather Timeline: Hail Possible In Southeastern Minnesota Saturday, Warm Week Ahead
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