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Governor Walz activates National Guard to help fight Northern Minnesota wildfires

Aug 16, 2021 05:27AM ● By Editor

Photo: WDIO-TV

From WDIO-TV - August 15, 2021

As wildfires continue to burn in Northern Minnesota, Governor Tim Walz is calling in the National Guard to help with firefighting efforts, according to a news release from the Governor's office.

“This summer, Minnesota has experienced abnormally high temperatures and a historic drought resulting in dry conditions conducive to wildfires. I am grateful to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for their tireless efforts to combat wildfires in our state," Walz said in the release. “The Minnesota National Guard’s additional support will be critical to responding to these wildfires and protecting the safety of Minnesotans and their property. I am proud that our Service Members have again answered the call to serve their fellow Minnesotans,” Walz added.

Last month, Walz met with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to discuss the ongoing drought, extreme heat, and wildfires that continue to devastate states, the release says.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the State Emergency Operations Center, and partners at Minnesota Interagency Fire Center, including the US Forest Service, will continue to work to control wildfires in Northern Minnesota.

To see the original post and read updates, follow this link to the WDIO-TV website.

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