Wildfires

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2 Minnesota Helicopters, Crew Dispatched To Washington Fire

Minnesota is dispatching two Blackhawk helicopters and 14 associated personnel to help fight the wildfires in Washington state. Gov. Mark Dayton issued an executive order Friday to provide the assistance in a state dealing with widespread fires that are chewing up hundreds of thousands of acres.

08/21/2015

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Training Never Ends For Firefighters

Rain would be very much appreciated in the western United States where dozens of wildfires are burning. And several crews from Minnesota have been deployed to help. A crew out of Grand Rapids just left for Montana. They are the eighth Minnesota group deployed to help battle the fires.

08/19/2015

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Minnesotans Firefighters Join Crews Fighting Western Wildfires

Fire crews from Minnesota are now being deployed to help battle the wildfires out west where more than 80 different fires are stretching resources to the limit.

08/19/2015

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Minnesota Sees Worst Air Quality In 20 Years Due To Canadian Wildfires

Massive forest fires in Canada continue to cause problems in Minnesota. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) reported that Monday’s air quality was the worst that has been recorded in Minnesota in the last 20 years. MPCA spokesperson Frank Kohlasch says for about 8 hours on Monday air quality was worse in Minnesota than it is in Beijing, China.

07/07/2015

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Air Pollution Warning Issued For Northern Minnesota

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is issuing an air pollution warning for northern Minnesota due to smoke from wildfires in Canada.

07/06/2015

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DNR: $5K Reward Offered For Info On Fires Near Little Falls

The DNR announced Monday that a reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of an arsonist suspected of starting two potentially dangerous wildfires last month near Little Falls.

05/04/2015

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Prime Wildfire Conditions Lead To Wis. Red Flag Warning

State officials say there is an extremely good chance of wildfires in central Wisconsin. The National Weather Service and the Department of Natural Resources has issued a Red Flag Warning for Saturday for Wood, Adams, Juneau, Monroe and Jackson counties through 7 p.m.

04/18/2015

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Minnesota Under Red Flag Warning For Fire Risk

The entire state of Minnesota is under a red flag warning Wednesday. The fire danger is extreme because of warm, windy and dry weather. Gov. Mark Dayton is authorizing the Minnesota National Guard to help fight wildfires.

04/15/2015

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Dayton Authorizes National Guard To Help Fight Wildfires

Gov. Mark Dayton is authorizing the Minnesota National Guard to help fight wildfires in the state. Dayton on Wednesday signed an executive order to provide emergency assistance to the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center.

04/15/2015

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Meet COLT & GOAT – A Mobile Cellphone Tower & Generator

It’s Severe Weather Awareness Week in Minnesota and Wisconsin. When storms hit, people can lose power and cell service. That’s where some hi-tech portable equipment comes in to play.

04/14/2015

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DNR Warns Of Drones Around Wildfire Battles

Department of Natural Resources firefighters are standing by for what is shaping up to be another dangerous wildfire weekend. Only now they’ve got a new concern — unmanned aircraft, otherwise known as drones.

04/10/2015

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Dayton Activates Minnesota National Guard To Fight Wildfires

Gov. Mark Dayton is calling on the Minnesota National Guard to fight wildfires across the state. The Guard and the state Department of Public Safety will supply two Blackhawk helicopters with 660-gallon water buckets to combat the blazes. The department says multiple fires were reported in east-central Minnesota Thursday.

04/02/2015

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States Send Firefighting Help To Washington

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.

07/18/2014

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Heat, Drought Conditions Raise Minn. Wildfire Risk

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.”

08/24/2013

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DNR: Wildfire Danger Rising Across Minnesota

The Department of Natural Resources says the wildfire danger has been rising across Minnesota. Precipitation over the last 30 days has been half the normal level over most of the state, so fire managers are urging people to use caution in dry areas.

08/22/2013

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New Law Means New Penalties For Minn. Arsonists

Costly-to-fight wildfires that are intentionally set in Minnesota will soon carry tougher penalties under a new law. The enhanced arson law was passed in May and goes live on Thursday. It builds off an existing wildfire arson law.

07/30/2013

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Elk River Chief Attends Arizona Firefighter Memorial

Elk River’s fire chief is one of thousands of firefighters attending a memorial service in Arizona on Tuesday to help lay 19 of his brothers to rest. District Chief Phil Collins left Sunday, beginning a 25-hour drive to pay his respects.

07/09/2013

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Aerial Sensor Equipment Used In Green Valley Fire

Fire crews are searching for hotspots by air using heat-sensing equipment above a northwestern Minnesota wildfire. A helicopter is flying low and slow over the Green Valley fire Friday. Crews are using the hand-held sensor to find smoldering fires.

05/17/2013

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Wildfire Near Menahga Now 65% Contained

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.

05/16/2013

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Red Cross Helping With Wisconsin, Minnesota Fires

Both Minnesota and Wisconsin are dealing with wildfires and the American Red Cross says it is helping out victims. Multiple wildfires are burning in northwestern Minnesota and the Red Cross is providing staff and supplies to two shelters in Wadena and Hubbard counties.

05/15/2013

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DNR: Karlstad Fire Was Arson, Reward Offered

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says the wildfires that caused plenty of damage in the Karlstad area appear to have been intentionally set.

10/10/2012

Karlstad Wildfire

Wildfire May Not Be Contained For Weeks

Authorities say it could be weeks before a wildfire in northernwestern Minnesota is contained. The fire near Red Lake is the largest of several burning in the area and has consumed more than 38 square miles.

10/08/2012

Karlstad Wildfire

Precipitation Dampens Minnesota Wildfires

Rain and snow have dampened wildfires in northwestern Minnesota. The Minnesota Interagency Fire Center says eight fires consumed more than 56 square miles of woods and grassland this week.

10/04/2012

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Wildfire Evacuees Being Allowed To Return To Karlstad

Evacuees have returned to their homes in a small northwestern Minnesota town after fire crews contained a rapidly-spreading wildfire fueled by brisk winds.

10/03/2012

Karlstad Wildfire

Smoke From Wildfires Blankets Northern Minnesota

Smoke is hanging in the skies over a large part of of northern Minnesota as it drifts from the wildfires in the northwest corner of the state.

10/03/2012

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