Wildfire update

June 30, 2015

Statewide Planning Level is 2A

The National Preparedness Level is 3 with wildfire activity increasing in the western US and Alaska.

Minnesota has received adequate precipitation and conditions are green with low to moderate fire danger at this time.

There is smoke from Canada coming into the US and will affect North Dakota and portions of MN.  Reports are coming into dispatch centers from the public.  Please confirm that there is a fire needing action with an accurate location description before calling 911.

Fire activity is increasing in the western portions of the US and in Alaska. 

  • Two 20-person Type 2 IA crews are currently assigned to the Spicer Creek Fire in Alaska
  • Two 20-person Type 2IA crews are left Grand Rapids this morning and are driving to Montana to assist with fighting fires.
  • Various Overhead personnel have been resource ordered to work in Alaska and western incidents.

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:

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!

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.