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Foss Lake Fire update, May 26
 May 26, 2016
Foss Lake crew on one of 20 aluminum canoes that were brought back May 25, 2016   Firefighters removed ten miles of hose off the

Foss Lake Fire, evening update
 May 23, 2016
Another day of strong winds and no significant precipitation tested the fireline again today but containment lines held and there was no additional growth of

No evacuations on Burntside Lake near Ely
 May 23, 2016
There are no evacuations occurring on Burntside Lake near Ely.  This morning, two US Forest Service initial attack crews (13 firefighters), the Forest Service Beaver,


 Minnesota Incident Command System (MNICS)

The mission of MNICS is to coordinate, educate and implement the Incident Command System to support fire and all risk incidents in Minnesota and nationwide.

MNICS is an interagency group with state and federal partners that cooperate in management of wildfire and all risk incidents and provide standard procedures, practices and information to facilitate, coordinate and support actions on incidents in Minnesota.  The organization is governed by a Task Force of agency leads.

Member agencies are the US Forest Service (USFS), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), National Park Service (NPS), and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM).

Minnesota Interagency Fire Center (MIFC)

MIFC houses the Northeast Interagency Fire Cache and MNICS staff.  MIFC serves as a hub for mobilization of wildfire and emergency resources.  Services include:

  • All Risk Emergency Management and Support
  • Dispatch Coordination Center
  • Fire Behavior Support
  • Fire Cache
  • Radio Shop
  • Rural Fire Department Support
  • Symbols Program
  • Training Program
  • Wildfire Aviation Management
  • Information Management

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