Minnesota Wildfire Academy Update June 6, 2023

Academy Statistics
Courses                        11                      
Lead Instructors         11         
Students                    315
IMT Members            23

Location: The Minnesota Wildfire Academy is located at Minnesota North College – Itasca Campus, and University of Minnesota North Central Outreach and Research Center in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

Yesterday’s accomplishments: The annual Minnesota Wildfire Academy commenced with 315 students attending 11 courses. Classroom instruction included basic and advanced wildland firefighting, initial attack incident command, leading fireline hand crews, fire behavior observation, working with wildland fire tools, leadership, and the incident command system.

Today’s planned activities: Students in the followership to leadership course will participate in six outdoor field station exercises. The power-saw class will practice cutting techniques, and students in the firing operations course will work with firing devices common to wildland and prescribed fire management.

Weather: Conditions will be partly sunny throughout the day with scattered showers and thunderstorms. High 75-81 with 45-60% relative humidity. Northwest winds up to 9 mph.

Air Operations: No air operation activities planned.

Summary:  The Minnesota Wildfire Academy is one of the largest wildland fire training events held in Minnesota. Since 2001, the Academy has become the primary training model for cultivating new talent. Students are exposed to knowledge, career opportunities, and a network of professionals who can support their career goals.

Cooperating Agencies:  Minnesota North College cc Itasca Campus, University of Minnesota North Central Research and Outreach Center, Independent School District 318,Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, USDA Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Minnesota Fire Chiefs Association, Minnesota State Fire Marshall, Department of Public Safety, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa.