Fire danger increases as dry conditions continue

Dry conditions from the Twin Cities north are expected to continue into next week. The high fire danger means wildfires can easily start and spread quickly. The Minnesota Interagency Fire Center urges everyone to be careful with any potential heat source that can cause a spark. 

“Every year since 1985 our records show that escaped debris burning is the number one cause of wildfires in Minnesota,” says Casey McCoy, fire prevention supervisor for the Minnesota DNR. “When conditions are this dry, any type of fire, even debris burns and campfires, can quickly turn into an escape wildfire.”

Fire danger remains high, despite cooler than average temperatures, because of low relative humidity and potential for gusty winds.

We are asking everyone to do their part and not burn during these dry conditions.

  • Don’t burn debris.
  • Keep campfires 3 feet in diameter by 3 feet high or smaller.
  • Remain with your campfire until it is out cold. Keep a hose or enough water and a shovel nearby to drown-stir-repeat until cold enough to touch.
  • Be aware, sparks from gas powered engines near dry grass or other vegetation can easily ignite a wildfire.

If you do spot an escaped wildfire, call 911.