Wildfire update

July 21, 2017

Statewide Planning Level is 2.

The National Preparedness Level is 4.

Additional wildfire information is available on the Minnesota Incident Command System website.

MNICS Type 2 IA crew, MFC #1, has been reassigned to the Lodge Pole complex in Sand Springs, Montana.  They are tentatively expected to return on Sunday.

MNICS Type 2 IA crew, MFC #2, has been reassigned to the Jones Creek fire in North Dakota.

Over 178 Minnesotans are assigned to incidents in western US.

Overhead personnel, helicopters, SEATs, etc. are currently assigned to incidents in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, North Dakota, Montana, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington State and Wyoming.

Be Safe with Campfires

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

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

DNR Reminds Visitors to bring only approved firewood onto state lands

Only approved firewood is allowed on Department of Natural Resources-managed lands, which include state parks, state forests and wildlife management areas. Firewood restrictions help prevent the introduction or spread of damaging forest pests, including emerald ash borer, gypsy moth and oak wilt. Full story.

Burning permits:

All counties require burning permits. No burning restrictions are in effect at this time.

Daily Fire Danger and Burning Restrictions Maps

Refer to the Burning Permits website or contact your local DNR office or Sheriff's Office for updated information concerning burning permits.

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.

US Drought Monitor Map of Minnesota