Air quality alert: The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has issued an air quality alert effective from 10 a.m. Thursday August 5, until 9 p.m. Friday, August 6, for portions of west-central, northwestern, and north-central Minnesota, including the tribal nations of Leech Lake, Mille Lacs and Red Lake. The DNR does not issue burning permits in counties under air quality alerts.

Burning Permits

Crow Wing - Burning Permit Required

Contact: craig.schultz@state.mn.us, Burning Permit Activation Hotline: 1-866-533-2876. For other burning permit question please contact the Backus Area Dispatch @ 218-203-4426 or 218-203-4432


Current Restrictions:
  • No Burning until after 6pm and the fire must be out cold before 8 am.
  • Individuals with Burning Permits for Agricultural, Industrial or Management are required to follow all instructions including the valid start and end times listed under the Special Conditions & Requirements section on the permit.

  • Subunit: Baxter
  • Burning Status: Burning Permit Required
Current Restrictions:
  • No Burning until after 6pm and the fire must be out cold before 8 am.
  • Individuals with Burning Permits for Agricultural, Industrial or Management are required to follow all instructions including the valid start and end times listed under the Special Conditions & Requirements section on the permit.
  • Subunit: Brainerd
  • Burning Status: Burning Permit Required
Current Restrictions:
  • No Burning until after 6pm and the fire must be out cold before 8 am.
  • Individuals with Burning Permits for Agricultural, Industrial or Management are required to follow all instructions including the valid start and end times listed under the Special Conditions & Requirements section on the permit.

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