05/08/13 - 11:46am
Prolonged winter weather didn’t prevent a grass and wildfire season, it just shortened it.
Burning restrictions in the lakes area took effect Monday, May 6, and fire crews were busy Monday and Tuesday.
“Conditions have been out of the ordinary but the snow has disappeared and the fine fuels — the grasses and leaves and so forth — are dry,” said Mark Mortensen, DNR fire program forester in Brainerd.
A sunny day with a bit of wind could ignite and carry fires, he said. The area needs rain, warm temperatures and sunshine so those dry leaves and grasses green up.