Wildfire update

September 22, 2014

Enjoy autumn activities and stay safe!  Keep campfires to 3 feet tall by 3 feet wide, have a water source available and be sure your campfire is out and cold to the touch before leaving it.

As hunting season begins, watch for more people and activity in the woods.

Leaf colors are changing in MN.  Peak color information in our State Parks and Trails is available at: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/fall_colors/index.html


Statewide Planning Level is at 2A.

The "A" indicates that personnel are available for out-of-state incidents.

The NW region is at Planning Level 3.

The National Preparedness Level is now 2, although California has fire activity.

MNICS Crew #7, a 20-person Type 2 IA crew is assigned to the ENF King Fire in California.

  • The ENF King Fire is located near Pollock Pines, CA and is currently 87,592 acres.  The perimeter is 18% contained at this time.  Fuels are heavy timber and  grass in steep terrain.

MNICS Crew #8, a 20-person Type 2 IA crew, is flying commercially from Minneapolis this afternoon to Sacramento, California where they will be staged until they are assigned to a fire.

MN crews are interagency groups of trained wildland firefighters.  Members are from the MN Department of Natural Resources, US Forest Service (Superior and Chippewa), the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service and the Bureau of Indian Affairs agencies from MN.  The crew will serve up to two weeks.


The US Drought Monitor Map of MN is available at:  http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?MN


The Daily Fire Danger and Burning Restrictions Maps are available at:  http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/forestry/fire/firerating_restrictions.html


Burning permits:

Burning permits are required statewide
Burning permits allow the permit holder to burn vegetative waste during certain hours. The MN DNR, counties and municipalities can turn off burning permits in their areas if conditions warrant.

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.

Burning Permits website: https://webapps8.dnr.state.mn.us/burning_permits/admin_areas/list