The snow drought across much of Minnesota has raised the fire danger and led to a requirement for burning permits. Firefighters have already squelched one big wildfire in northwestern Minnesota. The DNR’s Jean Goad says this week’s timber fire was near the Polk County town of Gully. She says grasses and brush are freeze-dried and highly combustible. Burning permits are required where there is less than three inches of continuous snow surrounding a planned burn area. Permits are not needed for campfires.