The Brown County Sheriff’s Office has lifted the burning ban issued earlier this week, although the fire danger remains high across much of the state. Local DNR Officer Tom Romaine says that anyplace with native prairie grass or native woodlands or restored prairie or tree plantings has dry fuel right now. He says the fire danger remains somewhat elevated in the spring until everything greens up. The fire danger rating is considered very high in southwestern Minnesota counties at this time, and remains elevated through much of central Minnesota. To the north, the DNR says the fire danger rating is low to moderate.