39° and Rain at 9:47am in Pine City

Fire Danger Still A Big Problem In MN, Flags Flown At Half Staff To Honor Firefighters

Monday, October 1st, 2012 at 5:59 am

Fire danger continues to be a real problem in the listening area, but not as much of a problem as it is in the Northwestern part of the state. While all of Pine County, Kanabec County and Isanti county are listed as having a “High” fire danger, large parts of Northwestern MN are either experience “Very High” danger ratings or “Extreme” danger ratings. The DNR reports that in those “Extreme” areas, it is so dry that even hot vehicle mufflers and lawn mowers are sparking fires. Officials have extra firefighting equipment on standby just in case.

Across 22 northwest Minnesota counties, campfires are allowed only at state parks, resorts or private homes.

DNR experts believe it will take several inches of rain or snow to ease the fire danger.

Speaking of fire, if you noticed the flags at all state and federal buildings in the State of Minnesota were at half-staff yesterday… that was done in honor of firefighters who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty, Governor Mark Dayton made the order to go from sunrise until sunset on Sunday. The move was supported by the Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association, the Minnesota State Fire Department Association, and the Minnesota Professional Fire Fighters who believed it honors their goal of bringing every firefighter home safely at the end of every shift.

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