Wildfire Prevention Week raises awareness of outdoor fire hazards

Gov. Mark Dayton has declared April 20–26 as Wildfire Prevention Week in Minnesota to increase awareness of outdoor wildfire hazards.

Each spring wildland firefighters and rural fire department volunteers spend countless hours battling wildfires that could have been easily prevented.

In the past 18 months, wildfires burned 21 homes and three commercial buildings and threatened more than 500 other structures, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. These fires were caused by people misjudging the weather and danger of fires escaping their control.

“Due to the dead and dry grasses that can easily catch fire, spring is always a risky time for wildfires in Minnesota,” said Larry Himanga, DNR wildfire prevention coordinator. “Right now the fire danger in southern and central Minnesota is high, which means fires can easily start and quickly spread. Therefore, burning permits are not being issued in most of these areas.”

A major cause of wildfires is burning yard waste. The DNR recommends composting or mulching instead. If burning is necessary, landowners should check fire burning restrictions in their area, get a burning permit, be careful with their debris fires and remember small-piled debris can hold hot coals for several days to months for large ones.

The DNR has developed new wildfire prevention Web pages to help increase awareness of wildfire prevention and the dangers of wildfires.

Burning restrictions will continue to expand into northern Minnesota as fire danger increases due to snow melt.

Visit the current statewide fire danger and burning restrictions Web page for more information.

“When you light a fire, you are responsible for keeping it under control and staying with it until it is out,” Himanga said. “If you think your fire is out, check again.”

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Burning restrictions take effect Monday, April 14 in central Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources placed burning restrictions over the central part of the state beginning April 14 because fire danger is expected to rapidly increase as winds pick up and snow continues to melt.

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The counties included in the initial burning restrictions are: Anoka, Benton, Chisago, Dakota, Douglas, Hennepin, Isanti, Otter Tail, Pope, Ramsey, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, Washington and Wright.

The burning restrictions mean the state will not give out burning permits for burning brush or yard waste.

Spring fire restrictions limit open burning until summer green up occurs. Traditionally, most wildfires in Minnesota occur during April and May. More than 95 percent of these fires are caused by human error.

“Because of the high fire incidence during this time period, the DNR initiates burning restrictions to coincide with this annual fire season,” said Larry Himanga, DNR wildfire prevention coordinator.

On April 21, these counties will also be under restrictions: Aitkin, Becker, Cass (that portion south of the Chippewa National Forest boundary), Clearwater, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Kanabec, Mahnomen, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Polk (that portion south and east of County Road 6 from the Mahnomen County line to state Highway 92 east to the Clearwater County line), and Wadena.

More counties will be added as conditions warrant.

The restrictions normally last from four to six weeks until sufficient green vegetative growth occurs. Spring fire restrictions have resulted in a dramatic decrease in both the numbers and sizes of accidental fires, Himanga said.

Campfires are still allowed.  Be sure to watch the fire continuously and make sure it is out and cold to the touch before leaving.

Fire conditions may change quickly over the next few weeks. Find more information and maps, and check fire conditions online.

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National Fire Equipment System Catalog

GSA – Wildland Fire Program

Fire Equipment Technology Committee (formerly the Fire Equipment Working Team (FEWT)

National Interagency Coordination Center

Fire Equipment Storage and Refurbishing Standards (PMS 448)

Appendix A

High Pressure Portable Pump instructions (PMS 460)

Interagency Transportation Guide for Gasoline, Mixed Gas, Drip-Torch Fuel, and Diesel (April 2011) (PMS 442)

New Generation Fire Shelter (NFES 2710)

Your Fire Shelter (2001 edition) (NFES 1570)

MTDC Publications

Fire T&D Publications

Publications Management System

National Symbols Cache Catalog

National Interagency Support Cache

Eastern Area Coordination Center

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OF-316-Interagency Incident Waybill

OF-316A-Interagency Incident Waybill Continuation

OF-315-Incident Replacement Requisition

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Mark III Fuel Mixture

Mark III Fuel Mixture

Although the Mark 3 has been in service since the 1960’s, there has been an evolution of equipment, fuel and oil. Today’s 2-cycle oil is technologically more advanced than the old 30W motor oil used in the early years. Despite that advancement, there remain a number of people continuing to use the thicker 16:1 fuel/oil ratio.

Equally problematic are those using ratios of 24:1 (manufacturer’s recommendation) and thinner. With these thin ratios, we are witnessing significantly severe piston and cylinder failures.

In 2003, the mechanics in Regions One and Six have concurred among themselves and the manufacturer on the recommended mixture that serves us best, considering the variable elevations and environmental conditions in our areas. This is the recommendation provided in all of our pump training courses.

The correct fuel/oil mixture for 2-cycle Mark 3 pumps is 20:1.
This translates into one (1) quart of 2-cycle oil per five (5) gallons of gasoline.

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