Dry Fall Leads to Extreme Fire Danger

By KBJR News 1

Dry Fall Leads to Extreme Fire Danger

October 1, 2012 Updated Oct 1, 2012 at 2:19 PM CDT

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources urges people to be extra cautious when working outdoors due to extreme fire danger in many parts of the state.

The state is experiencing an extremely dry fall with more than 96% of the state in dry to extreme drought conditions and a higher than average incidence of fire.

Weather conditions for October 1 and October 2 are leading to extreme fire danger.

The DNR says people should make sure their outdoor equipment is in working order and carry a fire extinguisher, firefighting equipment and water.

Other ways to decrease fires include using a spark arrester on all internal combustion equipment, using screens fitted between the exhaust port of the piston and the muffler to help prevent sparks, and using a fire resistant tarp or blanket to prevent sparks from landing on dry vegetation.

The DNR says to mow on days with higher relative humidity (or dewpoint) or at least early in the morning when humidity is high and winds are low.

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