Spring fire season – it’s here!

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Weather: Lamb to lion

Wearing snow boots and flip flops in the same week? You must be from Minnesota!

In a week’s time the weather changed from feet of snow in the metro and south to a Red Flag Warning yesterday in the northwest. As warm weather returns and winds increase, check the DNR statewide fire danger and current burning restrictions website. Right now, burning permits are required in all Minnesota counties. Weather conditions can change, and so do burning permits and restrictions, so check frequently because one in four wildfires in the state are caused by escaped fire from burning debris and yard waste outdoors.

Wildfires

On April 14, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) reported a 2,411-acre fire in Red Lake. On Saturday, there was a 2.5-acre fire in Bemidji that caused heavy damage to a commercial garage/structure. Also, grass fires were reported in Warroard, Bemidji, Park Rapids, Deer River, Little Falls and the Sandstone/Cambridge areas.

Prescribed burning

Photo of smoke plume and firefighter conducting a prescribed burn to reduce fine fuels
Boy River Rx burn, April 22 (Michelle Heiker photo).

In the northeast and southern parts of the state, conditions are conducive to conduct prescribed burning. Over the weekend, a 3,000-acre prescribed fire was conducted by Chippewa National Forest staff approximately 20 miles east of Walker near the Boy River. Beginning April 25, the Superior National Forest plans to conduct a series of small prescribed fires to improve wildlife habitat.