July 29, 2016
Statewide Planning Level is 2A.
*Planning Level 2A indicates that we have resources available to work on out of state incidents.*
The National Preparedness Level is 3.
MNICS #1 Type 2 IA (Initial Attack) crew is spiked out at the Cliff Creek Fire in WY.
MNICS #2 Type 2 IA crew is being demobed from the Little Den Fire near Carson City, NV and should be back in MN sometime Saturday.
MNICS #3 Type 2 IA crew is stationed at the Pike San Isabel Forest in CO.
MIFC #1 is stationed at the Pike San Isabel Forest in CO.
Type 2 IA crews consist of 20 persons, including Crew Bosses, Squad Bosses, Fallers and firefighters. They drive engines so the crew can be split up into squads if needed. A typical crew will have personnel from the MN DNR, USFS, US Fish and Wildlife Service and the MN Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Heavy rains flooded some state campsites and trails, causing dangerous river conditions. This has prompted the closure of several off-highway vehicle trails and state forest roads. Full story.
A flash flood watch is in effect from this evening through Wednesday morning for portions of southern MN. Thunderstorms are expected with rainfall amounts of 2 to 3 inches per hour, producing flash flooding. Anyone camping near a creek or stream should be prepared to move to higher ground.
Be Safe with Campfires
- 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
For people who don’t have a campsite with a designated fire ring, select a safe place for the campfire. Choose a level area away from dry grass, shrubs or logs that is free of overhanging branches. Then scoop out a depression in the center of the area and put a ring of rocks around it.
Be careful with gas lanterns, barbecue grills, gas stoves and anything that can start a wildfire.
Discover more by visiting Smokey Bear's campfire safety website.
The MN DNR wants to remind visitors that only approved firewood is allowed on lands managed by the DNR, such as state parks, state forests and wildlife management areas. Full story.
Refer to the Burning Permits website or contact your local DNR office or Sheriff's Office for updated information.