Wildfire update

July 26, 2017

Statewide Planning Level is 2A.

The National Preparedness Level is 4.

Additional wildfire information is available on the Minnesota Incident Command System website.

Over 180 Minnesotans are assigned to out of state incidents.

Overhead personnel, helicopters, SEATs, etc. are currently assigned to incidents in California, Idaho, North Dakota, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington State and Wyoming.

Be Safe with Campfires

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

Be careful with gas lanterns, barbecue grills, gas stoves and anything that can start a wildfire.

DNR Reminds Visitors to bring only approved firewood onto state lands

Only approved firewood is allowed on Department of Natural Resources-managed lands, which include state parks, state forests and wildlife management areas. Firewood restrictions help prevent the introduction or spread of damaging forest pests, including emerald ash borer, gypsy moth and oak wilt. Full story.

Burning permits:

All counties require burning permits. No burning restrictions are in effect at this time.

Daily Fire Danger and Burning Restrictions Maps

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

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.

US Drought Monitor Map of Minnesota