Wildfire update

May 27, 2016

Statewide Planning Level is 3. 

 MNICS Type 2 Incident Management Team C has been assigned to the Foss Lake Fire near Ely MN.

  • This fire is about 936 acres and is currently 95% contained.
  • This fire will be turned over the the Forest this afternoon.

The National Preparedness Level is 1.

Wildfires are serious business. Many people would like a closer look at fires to take photos. These activities are restricted, and that includes the airspace above and around wildfires.  Full story.

Be Safe with Campfires

The DNR suggests following these steps to build a safe campfire:

  • Clear the campfire site down to bare soil
    • The area should be clear of any combustible material 5 feet in all directions around the fire.
  • Build a small fire no more than 3 feet in diameter
    • The fire should be contained within a designated fire ring which is 3 feet or less in diameter and 3 feet or less in height.
    • To build one, scoop out a depression in the center of a cleared area and arrange a ring of rocks around it.
  • 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.

Additional information or discover more by visiting Smokey Bear's campfire safety website.

Daily Fire Danger and Burning Restrictions Maps

 US Drought Monitor Map of MN

Burning permits:

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.

Lake and Cook counties are enforcing burning restrictions today.

Please refer to the map of burning restrictions as these restrictions change daily depending upon conditions!

Refer to the Burning Permits website or contact your local DNR office or Sheriff's Office for updated information.

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.