Wildfire update

July 31, 2015

Statewide Planning Level is 2

Minnesota has received adequate precipitation and conditions are green with low fire danger in some areas. 

The driest area at this time is in the Arrowhead which is expanding westward towards Red Lake.  This region is 1-3 inches below normal for the last 30 days. Although the area has received precipitation, it has been spotty and lightning fires are possible.

With increased thunderstorms and winds, the DNR offers advice for dealing with storm damaged trees.  The full story is at:  http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2015/07/20/dnr-offers-advice-for-dealing-with-storm-damaged-trees-2/#more-16664

The National Preparedness Level is now 3, since wildfire activity is increasing in western states.

Be Safe with Fire

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

  • Clear the campfire site down to bare soil
  • Build a small fire no more than 3 feet in diameter
  • 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

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

 

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

 

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

Burning permits:

Burning permits allow the permit holder to burn vegetative waste during certain hours. The MN Department of Natural Resources, counties and municipalities can turn off burning permits in their areas if conditions warrant.

All Minnesota counties require burning permits, and will enforce additional burning restrictions as conditions require.

Please refer to the map of burning restrictions as these restrictions change daily depending upon conditions!

If there is any question concerning burning permits, refer to the Burning Permits website: https://webapps8.dnr.state.mn.us/burning_permits/admin_areas/list

or contact your local DNR office or Sheriff's Office.

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.