Minnesota Incident Command System
Minnesota is among states sending fire crews to the state of Washington to help with wildfires that have caused evacuations and are threatening hundreds of homes. The Minnesota Incident Command System will send 40 firefighters to the Chiwaukum Creek fire near Levenworth, Washington. They will be there for up to two weeks.
Lighter winds Thursday were expected to help firefighters contain and snuff out the remaining hotspots from a wildfire that burned 7,100 acres in northwestern Minnesota.
Some Minnesotans have been sent to help support sections of the East Coast as it struggles with Sandy, which was recently downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone.
Flood waters are still rising near Aitkin, where the Mississippi River is expected to remain above the flooding stage until Tuesday.