Rain in the Northwest Minnesota Forecast has been welcome indeed, with Pennington, Kittson, Marshall, Roseau and Northern Beltrami counties all rated “high” for fire danger.
Some of the most dangerous conditions in the state persist right here in the listening area, with the DNR Forestry Division in Warroad dealing with a run on five grass fires this week.
Forestry officers are concerned as conditions continue to dry down, causing wildfires to burn hot, getting into peat bogs and larger fuel areas where they can be hard to control.
Although burning permits are still being issued, officials say they expect to “manipulate” settings on the electronic system to prevent activation in extreme conditions anticipated in the weeks to come.
Forestry officials say aircraft resources are stretched thin due to high fire activity in the western United States and say Fire departments should be prepared for a busy fall when it comes to grass and wildfires.
The Pennington County Sheriff’s Department along with other agencies is urging extreme caution with smoking materials, farm and other implements and all fires outdoors until conditions improve.