Even with the announcement this week by Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn that the burning ban imposed last week in the county was lifted Monday, the state Department of Natural Resources is enacting spring burning restrictions in a number of counties across the state. Southern Minnesota, including Rice County, is not included, but much of the Twin Cities metro area is.

Despite the return of snow and more in the forecast this week, the Minnesota DNR cautions there is some very dry vegetation. That's why it is enacting spring burning restrictions in more than two dozen counties. The restrictions go into effect Wednesday, March 25. The map is shown below.

The DNR urges people to use caution when burning outdoors, because fire from burning debris can spread quickly and lead to grass fires.