Created: June 07, 2021 10:03 PM
This year has been drier than normal, and with that comes an increased risk of wildfire. Nine out of ten fires are started by humans, and the vast majority are preventable. Near-critical fire weather conditions are expected this evening. This means that if a fire does start, it can be more difficult to put out and spread more easily.
"Be extremely careful right now. Things are winding up perfectly for us to have very hot fires that can occur, and they can happen very quickly," Cloquet Area Forestry Assistant Area Supervisor Jason Bushmaker advised. "So be safe and make sure if you do have a campfire or if you are doing any of that burning, do it in an area that is completely void of any vegetation. Get it down so that it's surrounded by pure mineral soil."
Bushmaker also advises to use plenty of water when putting out a campfire and make absolutely sure that the fire is no longer warm.
"You should be able to, after having a campfire, be able to walk up and feel for any heat. That is the best way to figure out if there is anything burning and happening there," he said. "The way you do that is you first approach and use the backside of your hand to approach and feel if there is any heat and as you progress to get your hand closer and closer without feeling that heat, you would actually start to touch areas to feel if there is any additional heat."
Some areas may see rain tonight, but the Northland is still at risk due to the gusty wind and recent dry weather. Our Storm Track Weather team will keep you up-to-date on the latest fire-weather conditions.
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