Rising Fire Danger Concerns As Wild Fires Break Out

By KBJR News 1

April 9, 2012 Updated Apr 9, 2012 at 5:27 PM CDT

Duluth, MN - (Northland's NewsCenter) - A dry fall, dry winter...and now a dry spring is to blame, in large part, for the rising concerns of fire danger.

Multiple fires have broken out across the state this weekend with a big one in Northwestern Minnesota.

Late this afternoon Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton issued an Emergency Executive Order activating military forces and equipment to help fight that wild fire as it spreads across thousands of acres near Nimrod.

Two Minnesota National Guard Blackhawk helicopters, equipped with maintenance and fuel support teams, were deployed to assist with fire suppression.

Currently the Northland has a Yellow Flag warning, which is a high fire danger rating.

With the fire dangers across the state, DNR Officials are urging people to use caution.

"If the soils are all dry, of course the plant materials are dry...all you need to one little spark, whether it's from people or from nature, that will just start a really good fire," says DNR Interpretive Naturalist, Kristine Hiller.

No burning permits are being given out due to the fire danger level however, camp fires are still allowed at this point.

Danyel Piecek