Late Start to Spring Fire Season

By KBJR News 1

May 6, 2013 Updated May 7, 2013 at 9:33 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)-- We're quickly shifting into spring fire season in the Northland. Forests and grasslands are quickly drying out, despite record breaking snow in April.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources lists most of the Northland as abnormally dry heading into a warm stretch of weather.

"We have had a lot of moisture lately but we are in a prolonged drought. A lot of the soil moistures are still low," said Pat Wherley with the Minnesota DNR. "We've had a much later start this year. Usually at this time, last year we'd of been in fire season at least a month and a half."

Officials recommend, use common sense. Don't throw lit cigarettes on the ground, don't park a hot engine on fine fuels and keep an eye on any type of controlled burn.

"People need to be aware of there surroundings and something that you do could cause of grass fire," said Duluth Fire Marshal Marnie Grondahl.

There have been a few small grass fires that have popped off so far.
The DNR wants to remind anyone who sees a grass fire to call 9-1-1 right away.

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