Fire Dangers Hit Record High in Minnesota

By KBJR News 1

Fire Dangers Hit Record High in Minnesota

October 3, 2012 Updated Oct 3, 2012 at 6:23 PM CDT

Fire danger has hit a record high and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is urging the public to take extra precaution.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota Incident Command System needs help from the public statewide to help prevent and minimize fire danger.

The two large fires and several smaller ones centered in Karlstad and Baudette in Northwest Minnesota have consumed more than 40,000 acres so far, resulting in evacuations, lost homes and burned structures.

There have been no injuries reported.

The extreme high wins on Tuesday intensified widespread drought conditions, dry vegetation and persistent low humidity, which grounded some aerial firefighting resources.

Under these extreme circumstances, all Minnesotans are advised to take extra precautions.

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