AUDIO: Ben Lang with MN DNR Forestry highlights drought, fire danger

With burning restrictions in place for much of north-central Minnesota, DNR Forester Ben Lang spoke with us on what we can do to prevent wildfires.

Lang said the area needs between three and five more inches of rain before we get to normal precipitation levels for this time of year.

With the heat and dry weather conditions expected ahead of this weekend, fire danger is expected to increase.

The burning restrictions include a prohibition of fireworks outside of any city limits on private and public lands.

Bemidji Fire Chief Justin Sherwood said the City of Bemidji would follow the fireworks prohibition set by the DNR Commissioner.

The Bemidji Jaycees Red, White, and BOOM! Fireworks display, scheduled for Sunday, July 4, at dusk, is a permitted fireworks show.

Lang says there are a number of things citizens can do to prevent fires.

Listen to the full interview with DNR Forestry’s Ben Lang here:


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north-central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment, and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji and enjoys spending her spare time with her son Logan, daughter Brigid, and pets Vincent and Piper. She also loves reading, Star Trek, and gardening... badly.


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