Burning Permits

BURNING RESTRICTIONS ARE IN PLACE

PERMITS REQUIRED

as of 5-14-24

 

 When permits are required, you can obtain a burning permit at Cohasset City Hall or

online at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website: 

MN DNR BURNING PERMITS

 
Permit holders must activate their burn permit EVERYDAY they burn.
Toll Free number 1-866-533-2876 to activate the permit.
Variance permits may be considered by your local DNR Forestry Office.
The cost is $5.00 and are valid for one year.
 
 
 
 Please report all unauthorized fires to 911 or to your local Forestry Office.
 
       Deer River Area Office: 218-246-8343                           Effie Field Station: 218-542-2950 
Grand Rapids Field Station: 218-327-4435                  Northome Field Station: 218-558-5030
USFS Office, Chippewa National Forest: 218-246-2123
 
 
 

 When do I need an open burning permit?

  • When burning vegetative material, such as grass, leaves or tree limbs, or when burning untreated lumber.
  • When the ground is not snow covered.
    Minnesota Statute 88.16 subd. 2: "Snow-covered" means that the ground has a continuous unbroken cover of snow, to a depth of three inches or more, surrounding the immediate area of the fire, sufficient to keep the fire from spreading.

When is an open burning permit NOT needed?

  • For a campfire - "Campfire" means a fire set for cooking, warming, or ceremonial purposes, which is not more than three feet in diameter by three feet high, and has had the ground five feet from the base of the fire cleared of all combustible material. Campfires must be in a fire ring, attended, and must be totally extinguished before leaving.
  • When the ground is "snow-covered"...
    "Snow-covered" means that the ground has a continuous unbroken cover of snow, to a depth of three inches or more, surrounding the immediate area of the fire, sufficient to keep the fire from spreading.
  • For a fire contained in a charcoal grill, camp stove, or other device designed for the purpose of cooking, or heating.
  • For a fire in an approved burner, and there is no combustible material within five feet of the base of the burner, and it is in use between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. Prior to 6:00 p.m., a permit is required to burn in a burner.
What can I burn with a permit or in an approved burner?
  • Vegetative material, such as: grass, leaves, brush and untreated lumber.

What materials CANNOT be burned?

  • Hazardous wastes
  • Industrial solid waste
  • Demolition debris of commercial or institutional structures. (A farm building is not a commercial structure.) Burning of any structure should be referred to a forest officer.
  • Salvage operations
  • Motor vehicles
  • Oils
  • Rubber
  • Plastics
  • Chemically-treated materials
  • Other materials which produce excessive, or noxious smoke, such as, but not limited to: tires, railroad ties, chemically-treated lumber, composite board, sheet rock, wiring, paint, or paint filters.
  • Garbage, defined as discarded material resulting from the handling, processing, storage, preparation, serving, or consumption of food.