The Brown County Sheriff’s Office and the County Fire Chiefs are updating the BURNING RESTRICTIONS that were put in place earlier in the week.

RECREATIONAL CAMP FIRES are permitted. Recreational camp fires must be contained in a ring of either rock, cement, brick or metal, must not be more than three (3) feet in diameter, must not be closer than 25 feet to any structure and must be attended to.

The current BURNING RESTRICTIONS include the BURNING BAN of the burning of brush piles, fence lines and  CPR land.

Brown County did receive small amounts of rain in the past 24-hours which did help green up the grass, but there is dead grass and brush on top that acts as fuel to a fire if it gets out of control.

The BURNING RESTRICTIONS for Brown County will remain in effect until further notice. When the time comes to lift the BURNING RESTRICTIONS, the Brown County Sheriff’s Office will notify residents via the Brown County Sheriff’s Office web page, the Brown County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, the Brown County Sheriff’s Office Nixle alert system and notifying all newspaper, radio and television covering the Brown County area.

Violation of the issued BURNING RESTRICTIONS and BAN is punishable by fine up to $1,000.00 and not more than ninety (90) days in jail, or both. Authority Brown County Ordinance 2013-01. Minnesota State Statute Chapter 88 allows counties to be more restrictive than the state.

The Brown County Sheriff’s Office and the Brown County Planning and Zoning Office want to also remind residents that the burning of garbage is illegal.