39° and Partly cloudy at 11:58pm in Pine City

Fire Conditions Still ‘Very High’ In Pine County, Burning Restrictions Continue

Monday, May 14th, 2012 at 6:05 am

The warm and dry conditions are currently causing Fire Departments in the listening area to be on edge. Officials with the DNR are urging extreme caution and are warning of high fire danger. More than three agencies responded to a major house fire outside of Cloquet on Sunday afternoon, but thankfully the small mobile home that caught fire was unoccupied, and the blaze was quickly contained.

Fires like that one have officials again reminding the public to be extra careful during this high fire season. With the increased temps and wind we’ve been experiencing, people need to pay special, close attention to what they’re doing and follow the burning restrictions posted by the DNR.

Departments all around the northern part of the state have been extremely busy with fire calls in the last two days with high winds, dry land and warm weather. On Sunday, the Duluth fire Department responded to a small grass fire off the south-bound lane of I-35, near the Highway 2 exit ramp.

Duluth fire officials said they’re also not sure what caused the small blaze, but it could have been anything from the spark of a car or exhaust to a cigarette.

The DNR has all of Pine County under the ‘Very High’ fire danger rating because of warm and dry conditions. For more information on conditions and burn permits for the state, visit the DNR’s website.

 

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