Wildfire update

August 29, 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.

Fire activity has decreased and the National Preparedness Level is now 2.

  • With wildfire activity slowing in the western US, resources are being released from incidents and dispatch is busy processing Demobes at this time.

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 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