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DNR gives green light for burn permits in Cook County

Recent rains have lessened the fire danger on the North Shore. According to a July 10 Minnesota Department of Natural Resources update, fire danger is now “moderate.” Find the latest DNR updates here.

The DNR is once again issuing burn permits so the public can now burn accumulated debris and vegetation piles. Before doing any burning, consider current conditions. Anyone with questions may contact DNR Forester Aaron Mielke at 218-387-6031.

In related news, the U.S. Forest Service lifted its campfire ban in the Superior National Forest. The Forest Service will once again allow the use of campfires, charcoal and wood-burning camp stoves on all national forest system lands at all times.

More information is available from the Forest Service at the Gunflint Ranger District at 218-387-1750 or Tofte Ranger District at 218-663-7280.

However, the public is reminded that the region is currently in summer fire season and there is still a potential for wildfires. Forest visitors are urged to use care with campfires and use designated fire grates, build small campfires and make sure they are completely cold before leaving the campsite.