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Burning permits now required in certain areas


With the snow melting rapidly and especially predicted to do so this weekend burning permits are now required as follows:

Burning permits are required effective today for South Beltrami, Polk, Clearwater, Mahnomen, and Hubbard this morning. Cass County has more snow than the counties farther west, so it will be left as “snow covered” for the weekend and will not require a permit. The electronic permitting system is available online through the DNR website. In addition, if you are going to burn please call 333-9111 (Sheriff’s Office Dispatch) and let us know. We will need your name, cell phone and how long you are going to be burning. Call back when done so we can take you off our map of burning areas.

Current conditions in other areas don’t require permits due to snow cover, but that will be changing rapidly over the weekend if the forecast is accurate. Use common sense if you burn.

The City of Bemidji Fire Department also requires permits in the City of Bemidji.


We are hoping to have no major incidents of flooding but we have a great system in place which involves our County and Cities Public Works Departments as well as Township officials who contact us in Dispatch/Emergency Services and let us know of any road issues. Those are documented on our 911 maps. We appreciate the great job they do of notifying us in emergency services.


Beltrami County and the City of Bemidji have a cache of empty sandbags available (.25 cents each). If you are in need of sandbags call our Emergency Hotline 333-8395 and leave a message where you can be reached so arrangements can be made. There are also vendors in our area that carry supplies of such.

Any updates on these situations will be sent as needed.


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