Minnesota Interagency Fire Center
We are seeing the first significant warm up this week, taking care of what little snow cover we had this winter.
That’s concerning for Jean Goad with the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center in Grand Rapids.
With high temperatures and drought conditions in parts of the state, fire officials are warning about the risk of wildfires and urging people to be careful in dry areas. Tom Fasteland is a coordinator with the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center in Grand Rapids. He says part of the state is still covered with green vegetation, which reduces the risk of fire, but the landscape can change quickly in a heat wave. He says people should be careful in recreational parts of the state. He says areas around Bemidji, Detroit Lakes and Cass Lake are dry, and in parts of northern and central Minnesota the fire-danger rating is “high” or “very high.”
Gov. Mark Dayton has signed an emergency order to help the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center fight wildfires around the state.
Firefighters have contained a wildfire that destroyed about a half-dozen homes and forced evacuations Tuesday in the far northwestern Minnesota town of Karlstad, a fire official said, while dry and windy conditions helped ignite several other blazes in the region.
The Minnesota National Guard has joined the fight against a wildfire that has burned more than 1,400 acres near Nimrod in north-central Minnesota.
Gov. Mark Dayton is ordering the Minnesota National Guard to help battle a growing wildfire in northwestern Minnesota.
Firefighters continued to battle the blaze that started in a mine shaft in the Soudan Underground Mine Friday by dumping hundreds of gallons of firefighting foam and thousands of gallons of water down the shaft.