OLIVIA -- A burning ban is in place in Renville County and will stay in place until further notice.
Because of the "extremely dry conditions, low relative humidity and no forecasted rain in the near future and predicted windy days ahead," Sheriff Scott Hable issued the burning ban Wednesday afternoon.
The conditions for burning will continue to be closely monitored, according to Hable.
During the burning ban, no open fires or running fires may take place.
Residents who have burning permits will be unable to activate them.
When the ban is lifted, current burning permits will again be honored and may be activated by calling Renville County Sheriff's Office dispatch at 320-523-1161.
Campfires will still be allowed during this ban, so long as those fires are in a container and are no more than 3 feet by 3 feet in size. Extra precautions should be taken with campfires, including always having extinguishing devices nearby.
For more information on the status of Renville County's burning ban, or to see which counties have burning bans in place, please go to www.dnr.state. mn.us.