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Kandiyohi County added to DNR Internet-based burning permit system

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WILLMAR -- The state Department of Natural Resources has added Kandiyohi County to its Internet-based burning permit system. As of Jan. 1, citizens can get a yearlong open burning permit on the Internet.

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According to a news release from Sheriff Dan Hartog, the traditional paper permits from local fire wardens and the area forestry office will remain available. The Internet address is www.dnr.state.mn.us/burningpermits.

A key advantage is public safety, according to Hartog. Local emergency dispatchers and DNR fire managers will be able to check the locations of active burning permits quickly. Permit holders will have to check in with the system when they want to burn, fire managers can respond to local weather conditions and shut down burning on days of high fire danger.

The online permit cost is $5 and is available only for piled material and a running fire of less than one acre. For information, call the area forestry manager at 320-231-5164.

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