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'Extreme, Dry Conditions' Prompt Immediate Countywide Burn Ban

Despite the scant rain on Tuesday, conditions are ripe for uncontrolled fires.

Put out those bonfires, Mendota Heights residents.

Extremely dry conditions have prompted Dakota County to level a countywide burn ban, effective immediately, according to Eagan Fire Chief Mike Scott. The ban includes all types of fires, including backyard bonfires in protected firepits.

Dakota County isn't the only county to implement burn bans this week. Steele, Goodhue and Washington Counties are already on lockdown, Scott said.

Despite the scant rain on Tuesday, conditions are ripe for uncontrolled fires, said Scott, who cited a recent case in Apple Valley where an unattended bonfire burned a backyard and nearly claimed a home.

The ban will stay in place until significant moisture is received. 

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