Northen MN Fire May Burn All Month, Changes Made To Danger Rating Locally

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Authorities say it could be weeks before a wildfire in Beltrami County is contained.

The fire near Red Lake is the largest of several burning in the area and has consumed more than 38 square miles.

The Department of Natural Resources says the North Minnie fire is not expected to be contained until the end of the month.

The fire is threatening private land, timber resources, a major power line and a few private hunting cabins in Beltrami Island State Forest. It started about a week ago and is about 5 miles northeast of the Fourtown area.

Locally, on Tuesday Pine County was moved from a high danger rating to a very high danger rating. No burning permits are being issued. The same change also happened in the surrounding counties of Chisago, Kanabec and Isanti.

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