Northland Safe From Weather-Related Disasters

By KBJR News 1

Northland Safe From Weather-Related Disasters

March 15, 2012 Updated Mar 15, 2012 at 12:06 PM CDT

Minneapolis, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- A new report and interactive map shows that 4 out of 5 Minnesotans live in counties hit by federally declared weather-related disasters since 2006.

However, most Northland counties haven't been hit by an extreme weather disaster between 2006 and 2011.

Only four counties, Lake County, Cook County, Pine County and Beltrami County had recently experienced what this report deemed a severe weather-related disaster.

However, the new report did site the Pagami Creek fire as a severe weather-related disaster saying that severe droughts in the Arrowhead region led to the massive fire.

The Pagami Creek Fire was recorded as the largest forest fire in Minnesota in 93 years, which burned around 145 square miles inside and outside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and led to severe thunderstorms downwind of the fire.

This summer, the U.S. Forest Service expects to close 76 campsites on 23 lakes because of damage remaining from the Pagami Creek fire.

To read the full report, check out In the Path of the Storm

To check out an interactive map of Minnesota's counties and how many disasters our state has gone through, you can check out Weather Impact on Minnesota

Tune in tonight at 6pm on KBJR 6 to find out more about weather-related disasters in Minnesota and why the Northland is safe from weather disasters.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns