Because of the continued hot, dry conditions, the state Department of Natural Resources is expanding the burn ban to include campfires at campgrounds.

All indicators are that we ll continue to have high heat, low humidity, and storm systems with winds and lightning. That means huge potential for wildfires, Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark said Monday. We need to do everything we can to minimize danger to people, homes and habitat.

DNR says more than $91 million has been spent so far battling wildfires this year, and more than 350,000 acres have burned across the state.

All outdoor burning on DNR-protected lands is prohibited under this ban, including recreational fires in campgrounds or anywhere on DNR-protected lands. Charcoal briquettes are also banned.

Those who start or spread fires subject to civil and criminal penalties.

The statewide burn ban applies to all lands under DNR fire protection, which does not include federally owned lands.

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