Additional burning restrictions in effect today

Additional burning restrictions are now in effect for most of the listening area, now restricting recreational campfires.

This comes as the state enters into a worsening drought.

A large swath of Beltrami County is now in exceptional drought, for the first time since drought analysis began in the late ’90s.

According to a release from the DNR, the restrictions for Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Hubbard and 10 other counties also prohibit the use of welding devices and other torches close to combustible vegetation, and only propane or gas camp stoves are allowed at campsites.

Charcoal and gas grills are only allowed at homes, cabins and resorts, and must be in devices designed for grilling.

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