Wildfire update

July 25, 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 been increasing the the western US.  In response, the MN Incident Command System (MNICS) has sent two 20-person initial attack firefighting crews to the Chiwaukum Creek Fire near Leavenworth, WA.

This fire is now over 12,000 acres in size and is threatening hundreds of homes; road closures are occurring. 

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.

Minnesota personnel and equipment are also supporting firefighting efforts in Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Nevada and New Mexico.

 

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