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

Sherburne - 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: Becker
  • Burning Status: Restricted - No Activations
  • Description: Open burning within the city limits of Becker is restricted. Please contact the Becker Fire Department at 763-261-4133.
Current Restrictions:
  • None
  • Subunit: Big Lake
  • Burning Status: Restricted - No Activations
  • Description: No permits within Big Lake city limits. Recreation fires are allowed. Call city hall with questions at 763-263-2107.
Current Restrictions:
  • None
  • Subunit: Elk River
  • Burning Status: Restricted - No Activations
  • Description: The City of Elk River has local restrictions on open burning. Please contact the Elk River City Hall at 763-635-1000 to obtain local permits.
Current Restrictions:
  • None
  • Subunit: Zimmerman
  • Burning Status: Restricted - No Activations
  • Description: The City of Zimmerman has local restrictions on open burning. Please contact the Zimmerman Fire Department 763-856-2280 to obtain local permits.
Current Restrictions:
  • None

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