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Established in April of 2021, our fire department consists of area residents who are trained firefighters and emergency responders. They carry a pager connected to the Anoka County 911 Center and respond to the Nowthen fire station when there is an emergency in our community. They also assist surrounding communities during large incidents. We currently have 12 members on the team and will be hiring eight more soon. If you are interested in learning more about the fire department, contact Chief Dave Schmidt at
dschmidt@stfrancismn.org or (763) 267-6190.


The current members of the Nowthen Fire Department are:
• Chad Fossum
• Chad Hayft
• Raymond Junge
• Steve Lundeen
• Mike Nelson
• Luke Niemela
• Paul Reighard
• Chad Sacre
• Isaac Schulz
• Adam Schrag
• Jeremy Strecker
• Mike Suchy


Thank you to each of the fire fighters for their dedication to our community.

Fire Department

Burning Permits are available online or at the City Office during office hours.
Please save & rename the blank pdf document to your device before completing and attaching to your e-mail to Permits@NowthenMN.net. Approved permits will be emailed back to applicants, and the Fire Department will be notified. 

Please read and comply with Open Burning Times and Regulations.
Please check the MN DNR MAP to determine if burning restrictions are in effect. If the MN DNR enacts burning
Restrictions or Bans during the permitted time, all previously issued burning permits are NULL and VOID.

Burning permits are not required for recreational fires.  A recreational fire is a fire in an area of no more than a 3-foot diameter
measured from the inside of a fire ring or non-combustible border and is used for recreation, cooking or ceremonial purposes. 
Recreational fires must consist of clean dry wood, producing little detectable smoke, odor or soot beyond the property lines.  

Disposal of larger quantities of brush, trees, etc. DOES REQUIRE an open burning permit.   

Obtaining a permit does not necessarily prevent the fire department from being dispatched to your property. 
If a fire call is received the fire department will automatically be dispatched to investigate the call.

Contact the Nowthen City Office with any Questions in regards to Burning Permits: (763) 441-1347, Ext 300 
or e-mail: Permits@Nowthenmn.net

REMEMBER:  All fire call fees, damages and costs that are a result of an illegal fire, will be the property owners responsibility. 
Keep your fire under control at all times and attend the fire until completely extinguished. 
Violations of permit conditions may also result in criminal and/or civil actions.