Wildfire update

August 20, 2014

Enjoy summer 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.

Statewide Planning Level is at 2A.

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

Western US states continue to experience fire activity and the National Preparedness Level is 3.

  • 20-person initial attack firefighting crews are currently working out of state.
    • MNICS crew #5 is working at the Deception Complex in Oregon.

    • MNICS crew #6 is working at the Seepay Fire in Montana.

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, Voyageurs' National Park, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs agencies from MN. They will serve up to two weeks.

MN is also supporting firefighting efforts with personnel and equipment in California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.  At this time, nearly 200 Minnesotans are working Incidents.


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