Statewide Planning Level is 1 due to winter conditions.
The National Preparedness Level is 2.
There really is no sure answer. You can't judge the strength of ice just by its appearance, age, thickness, temperature, or whether or not the ice is covered with snow. Strength is based on all these factors -- plus the depth of water under the ice, size of the water body, water chemistry and currents, the distribution of the load on the ice, and local climatic conditions. Additional information.
Burning permits are required in areas that are not snow free.
Burning permits are required in areas that are not snow free. As snow is received, counties are lifting burning permit requirements. **When the ground is snow-covered — by definition, when there is a continuous unbroken cover of snow 3 inches deep or more surrounding the immediate area of the fire, sufficient to keep the fire from spreading**.
Check the links below for details.
Refer to the Burning Permits website or contact your local DNR office or Sheriff's Office for updated information concerning burning permits.
The DNR advises anyone doing burning to keep burn piles small, have a water supply nearby, and stay with the fire until it is completely out. If the fire escapes, the homeowner is responsible for the damage and suppression costs.