Q: Do I still need an open burning permit for my brush pile even though it is winter?
A: The snow and cold of a Minnesota winter generally make this time of the year a better and safer time to burn brush piles. When there is less than three inches of snow cover, open burning permits are required by law. In communities that regulate open burning, permits are generally required year-round regardless of the weather conditions.
Property owners should contact local DNR Forestry offices to ask about the need for a permit before burning any brush pile. For more information about burning permits, go to www.mndnr.gov/forestry/fire/questions.html.
- Steve Simmer, DNR fire administrative supervisor