Fire Conditions Raising Concern For Minnesota DNR

By KBJR News 1

April 7, 2012 Updated Apr 7, 2012 at 7:22 PM CDT

Cloquet, MN Dry conditions across Minnesota continue to raise concerns regarding fire danger.

The fire danger rating issued by the Minnesota DNR continues to show high to extreme fire danger for this Easter weekend.

The DNR reported 36 fires yesterday which burned around 890 acres, the largest sparking up just south of Baudette.

While most of the fire danger has been issued for the west and central parts of Minnesota, Craig Sterle of the Minnesota DNR in Cloquet say conditions in the northland tomorrow could bring the danger closer to the region.

"We're going to have very gusty winds tomorrow which is going to leave us very vunerable for any fire that gets started. Were talking about winds in excess of 25 MPH tommorow, so any fire that gets going tomorrow is going to spread very rapidly".

Officials say if conditions do not improve a burning ban could be put into place.

Written By Elayne Crecelius
Posted By Shawn Frost