Fire danger is high around state, in Cook County

Fire danger, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is extreme in the western half of the state. However, as Cook County residents know, most of the rest of the state is in high or very high fire danger status. 

The National Weather Service Fire Weather Forecast issued a red flag fire warning for west central Minnesota from 1 pm to 8 pm on Friday, April 6.  Windy conditions along with dry fuels created dangerous fire weather conditions. 

Minnesota Incident Command System (MNICS) agencies are making additional fire fighting resources available for today and the weekend.

An extreme fire danger rating means the fire situation is explosive and can result in extensive property damage. Fires under extreme conditions start quickly, spread rapidly, and burn intensely. All fires are potentially serious. Development into high-intensity burning will usually be faster and occur from smaller fires than in the very high danger. Direct attack is rarely possible, and may be dangerous, except immediately after ignition. Fires burning in heavy slash or in conifer stands may be unmanageable while the extreme burning condition lasts. Under these conditions, the only effective and safe control action is on the flanks until the weather changes or the fuel supply lessens.

Burn is restricted and no variance permits will be issued today in most of the state.  While campfires are allowed, please use caution so they do not escape.  Clear an area around the campfire, attend it at all times and make sure it is cold to the touch before leaving it.