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

Benton - Burning Permit Required

Contact: jason.kern@state.mn.us, 320-232-1074


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: Saint Cloud
  • Burning Status: Restricted - No Activations
  • Description: Burning within the city of St. Cloud is restricted. Please contact St. Cloud Fire Department Administration at 320-650-3500 for more information.
Current Restrictions:
  • None
  • Subunit: Sartell
  • Burning Status: Restricted - No Activations
  • Description: Burning within the city of Sartell is restricted. Please contact the City of Sartell Fire Marshal at 320-258-7307 for more information.
Current Restrictions:
  • None
  • Subunit: Sauk Rapids
  • Burning Status: Restricted - No Activations
  • Description: Open burning within the city limits of Sauk Rapids is restricted. Please contact City Hall at 320-258-5300 for more information.
Current Restrictions:
  • None

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