Wildfire Near Red Lake Threatens Private Land, Timber Resources

By KBJR News 1

Credit: Courtesy of MNICS.org

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

October 7, 2012 Updated Nov 7, 2012 at 3:48 PM CDT

(Northland’s NewsCenter) --- The largest fire of several burning in northwestern Minnesota continues to burn over 24,700 acres.

According to our Partners at Minnesota Public Radio, The North Minnie fire near Red Lake threatens private land, timber resources, a major power line and a few private hunting cabins in Beltrami Island State Forest.

Fire information officer Gill Knight tells MPR the North Minnie fire was 30 percent contained.

"Priorities are to continue to establish a containment line around the fire and then work on those areas of peat," he said. "If we don't get in there and get moisture on the peat, it can actually sit there literally over the winter and then come back up again."

Knight said 150 people were working on the fire, patrolling lines and watching for areas where there are burning peat bogs.

"There has not been much movement the last couple of days because of the weather we've had -- the snow and cold temperatures.”

Area roads that are currently closed will re-open as soon as fire crews no longer need them.

MPR reports firefighters had the fire near Karlstad about 90 percent contained.

The Viking fire was 80 percent contained and other fires in the Wannaska Complex have been contained.

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