Firewise is a program created by the National Fire Protection Association which has been adopted for use by the Minnesota DNR and St. Louis County. Firewise is dedicated to providing tips and educational tools to protect against wildfire associated risks.


Homeowner Protection

As a homeowner there are many different actions you can take to increase the likelihood of your house surviving a wildfire. Many of these measures are simple and cost effective. 

50 Things You Can Do To Protect Your Home


Fire Danger Rating, Burning Restrictions, and Burn Permits

Escaped debris fires are the #1 cause of wildfires in Minnesota. Before lighting any fires be sure to check the Fire Danger Rating and Burning Restrictions.


Protect yourself and your property by obtaining a burning permit. Permits allow emergency managers to provide a rapid and efficient response if a fire becomes uncontained. 

You need an open burning permit when:

  • When the fire is more than 3 feet high and 3 feet in diameter.
  • When the ground is not completely covered by a minimum of 3 inches of snow.
  • When the fire is not contained in either an approved burner or in a cooking or heating device such as charcoal grill or camp stove.
  • Where county or other local jurisdiction requires a burning permit year round or for all sizes of fires.

 For more information on burning permits, visit MN DNR.

Apply for burning permit online

Community Wildfire Protection Plan

In accordance with Firewise, St. Louis County has developed a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). 

The St. Louis County CWPP has two objectives: 

  • First, the plan identifies and prioritizes wildland-urban interface (WUI) areas within St. Louis County (including State, County, Federal and other lands) for hazardous fuels reduction treatments and recommends methods for achieving hazardous fuels reductions. WUI areas are portions of the landscape as identified by the St. Louis County CWPP where wildland fuels (trees, brush and other vegetative materials) threaten to ignite combustible homes and structures.
  • Second, the plan outlines measures for reducing fire danger to structures throughout St. Louis County at-risk communities.

Community Wildfire Protection Plan 2021

Reso 21-540 CWPP

Useful Links


Sheriff's Office Emergency Management Division

In emergency or to file a report, call 911

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