People urged to call 911 rather than fight wildfires themselves

Thursday, April 1st, 2010 at 5:42 am

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) urges landowners to call 911 rather than attempting to control or put out wildfires themselves.

“Those who have a fire on their property should call 911 and let trained firefighters do the fire suppression,” said Ron Stoffel, fire suppression supervisor for the DNR. “It is not worth risking your life.”

Minnesota has recently sustained its first wildfire injury of the season in Aitkin County. An average of four people each year die or are seriously injured from wildfires, added Stoffel.

The DNR has seen an early start to the spring fire season responding to 300 fires burning nearly 4,200 acres.

In preparation for the fire season, eight helicopters have been based in Minnesota. Also, the state’s two CL-215 water scoopers are scheduled to arrive in Minnesota today.

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