LITTLE FALLS -- The Minnesota DNR is out with some tips to help you protect your home and property from wildfires this spring.

Linda Gormanson is a DNR Regional Firewise Specialist in Little Falls. She says you can burn vegetative debris without a permit as long as there is still three or more inches of snow on the ground.

Gormanson says once the snow melts and before the vegetation "greens-up", the risk of wildfires becomes too great.  She says a burning permit is then required.

The DNR also says this a good time to prune your trees and shrubs away from your home as a way to protect against wildfires.

Gormanson says if you have any questions, contact your fire department, city offices or the DNR.