Wildland firefighters responding to a wildfire near Barnum Minnesota

September 5, 2023

Grand Rapids, Minn. – Wildland firefighters and aircraft are responding to a wildfire southeast of Barnum, Minn., near the crossroads of county roads 8 and 11 in Carlton County. The County Rd 11 fire was discovered Monday evening in a swamp marshland area. It has grown to an estimated 40 acres, and structures are threatened. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

Firefighting resources from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (Minnesota DNR) and four local fire departments – Barnum, Moose Lake, Black Hoof, and Carlton – are responding.

The Minnesota DNR requested water-dropping aircraft support last evening to help cool and slow down fire activity threatening nearby structures. The fire was active this morning and aircraft resources were recalled back to the fire to support ongoing fire suppression efforts. No evacuations have been ordered, and no road closures are in effect. Travelers along County Roads 8 and 11 are reminded to slow down and follow all state and local laws that protect emergency responders working along roadways to ensure the safety of the firefighters in the area.

Contact: Leanne Langeberg, Public Information Officer                                                                                                    (218) 244-1911                                                                                                                             leanne.langeberg@state.mn.us