August 28, 2015
Statewide Planning Level is 2A
The National Preparedness Level is 5, and wildfire activity continues to increase in western states.
- MNICS Type 2 IA Crew #8 (a 20 person crew) is assigned to the Bear Creek Fire in Montana
- MNICS Type 2 IA Crew #9 (a 20 person crew) is assigned to 2015 NICC Support in Idaho.
- Minnesota personnel are currently assigned to incidents in Oregon, California, Montana, Wyoming, Washington and Idaho.
- At this time, there are over 300 Minnesotans assigned to out of state Incidents. More personnel are going out daily.
Be Safe with Fire
The DNR suggests following these steps to build a safe campfire:
- Clear the campfire site down to bare soil
- Build a small fire no more than 3 feet in diameter
- Have a bucket of water and a shovel near the campfire
- Put out the campfire by drowning it with water, stirring it and drowning it again
Be careful with gas lanterns, barbecue grills, gas stoves and anything that can start a wildfire.
The Daily Fire Danger and Burning Restrictions Maps are available at: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/forestry/fire/firerating_restrictions.html
The US Drought Monitor Map of MN is available at: http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?MN
Burning permits allow the permit holder to burn vegetative waste during certain hours. The MN Department of Natural Resources, counties and municipalities can turn off burning permits in their areas if conditions warrant.
All Minnesota counties require burning permits, and will enforce additional burning restrictions as conditions require.
Please refer to the map of burning restrictions as these restrictions change daily depending upon conditions!
- A map of the restrictions is available at: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/forestry/fire/firerating_restrictions.html
If there is any question concerning burning permits, refer to the Burning Permits website: https://webapps8.dnr.state.mn.us/burning_permits/admin_areas/list
or contact your local DNR office or Sheriff's Office.
The DNR advises anyone doing burning to keep burn piles small, have a water supply nearby, and stay with the fire until it is completely out. If the fire escapes, the homeowner is responsible for the damage and suppression costs.