UPDATE: Eight Wildfires Burning in NW Minnesota

By KBJR News 1

Credit: Courtesy of MNICS.org

A picture of fire suppression efforts of the North Minnie Wildfire in Northwestern Minnesota.

October 2, 2012 Updated Oct 3, 2012 at 1:29 PM CDT

Grand Rapids, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- Governor Mark Dayton issued an Emergency Executive Order Tuesday for the Adjuntant General of Minnesota to send active duty personnel and equipment necessary to help suppress eight wildfires in Northwest Minnesota.

The Minnesota Interagency Fire Center's Grand Rapids Office says that the eight fires are burning in the Wannaska Complex, near Roseau County, with the total acreage of the fires is almost 10,000.

The County Road 27 Fire near Karlstad in Kittson County, is burning at 4700 acres and is 5% contained. The town of Karlstad was evacuated Tuesday. Four residences, seven mobile homes, two garages and 22 outbuildings were lost in the fire. No injuries were reported.The National Guard has mobilized an additional Blackhawk helicopter and Chinook helicopter to assist in fire suppression Wednesday.

The Minnie Fire, near the town of Fourtown in Beltrami County, is approximately more than 4,150 acres and is 10% contained. The fire made an eight mile run to the northeast. Several trail and road closures are taking place in the area Wednesday.

The West Lincoln Fire is burning at 15 acres and is 80% contained. A mop-up is needed in the hardwoods. A twenty person crew sent from Utah arrived Tuesday to help with suppresion efforts.

The East Park Fire is 114 acres and is 50% contained with peat pockets calling for extensive mop-up. Crews continue to extinguish fire in the peat areas as they have been able to extinguish about five acres a day.

The Richardville Fire near the town of Lancaster in Kittson County, is burning at 980 acreas, mostly in Manitoba, and is 80% contained. One residence and four outbuildings were lost in this fire.

The Juneberry Fire, north of Greenbush, is small with an area of peat burning in the interior (1 acre). The fire is a holdover from a August 2012 fire and remains at 99% contained.

Earlier Tuesday, two Minnesota National Guard UH-60 "Blackhawk" helicopters with aircrew, maintenance and fuel support teams were sent to assist the ongoing efforts to control the fire suppression.

The MNIFC says that the area is 12 to 15 inches of moisture below the average. A combination of dryness and low humiditiy has called for extreme fire danger in the area; which has ultimately started the wildfires.

A variety of peat, grasses, swamps, trees and conifer are burning in the wildfires.

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