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Jackson, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone and Rock counties open burn permits for storm debris

April 25, 2013

Burning permits are required for all open burning and may be obtained through the county sheriff.
Recent ice storms have caused widespread tree damage across southwestern Minnesota.† Chipping, landfilling and open burning are options for disposing of tree debris.† Open burning is limited to trees, tree trimmings, brush, and clean, never-painted, non-treated lumber.†

Many towns in Jackson, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone and Rock Counties have permanent tree and brush open burning sites already permitted; these sites cannot accept lumber.† Check with city administration to see if your city has a site and if itís large enough to accommodate tree debris from these storms.†Tree debris piles should not be burned on peat or organic soils, to prevent setting those soils afire.† Ignite piles only when the wind will keep smoke away from roads, residences and smoke-sensitive agricultural operations.† Keep piles small enough so that they can burn out before the wind direction changes.† This might require breaking up large piles into smaller units on the same site.† Burning permits are required for all open burning and may be obtained through the county sheriff.††

For further information, contact Tom Romaine, DNR-Forestry, New Ulm, at 507-359-6048.


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