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With little snow and plenty of dry grass around Farmington, the risk of brush fires remains high. Burning permits have been restricted in the city and in much of Minnesota.

Dry winter brings burning restrictions

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Weird as it may be, the city of Farmington isn't issuing any permits for open burning these days.

It's a little unusual, Farmington fire marshal John Powers said, but a lack of snow is causing drought conditions in most of the state. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is urging caution.

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The DNR's concern comes after a Dec. 26 fire in northwestern Minnesota. The fire burned through a wooded area quickly thanks to the dry conditions and high winds.

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Michelle Leonard
Michelle Leonard started covering the Farmington community in June, 1994. Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the Farmington American Legion Auxiliary Unit 189, and acts as the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 
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