Burning restrictions begin April 2

Aaron Mielke with the Minnesota Department of Natural 
Resources Grand Marais station reminds residents that burning 
restrictions are set to go in effect on Cook County on April 2, 2012.  
Due to the mild winter and recent unseasonably warm temperatures open 
burning restrictions area set to go on earlier than most years.
Once restrictions are in place permits will not be issued and they 
will remain on until sufficient green-up occurs to reduce the fire 
danger and risk of escaped fires.
  Alternatives to burning should be considered and are available for 
yard debris disposal, see the Cook County FireWise website for more 
details on alternative disposal sites.  http://www.co.cook.mn.us/index.php/firewise-home
When burning permits are being issued, they may be obtained from a 
local township fire warden, USFS office, or MN DNR Forestry office.  
All day variance permits are only issued by the MN DNR Forestry 
office.  Call the MN DNR Forestry office at 387-3037 with any questions.