Heads up! Fourth of July fireworks and current fire situation
MN Dept of Natural Resources, 7/3/02
Remember that fireworks are not allowed on state or federal lands.
This includes state parks, forest campgrounds and recreation areas that
are located on state or federal lands. According to US Forest Service
Law Enforcement Officer, Larry Heady, "Fireworks pose a serious
fire danger because they are designed to disperse hot particles of metal
and chemicals that may retain heat for a long period of time."
There was fire activity in Minnesota yesterday. The Tuesday fire,
approximately 80 acres in size, was burning 6-7 miles SE of Greenwood
Lake on state land just outside the Superior National Forest. The fire
started about 1:00 PM July 2nd and two CL 215's and a helicopter helped
to get the fire knocked down. Dozers, engines, J5's, track vehicles, and
a hand crew will continue to work on the fire today with the goal of
100% mop up within the perimeter of the fire. Temperatures in the low
80's, RH 35% and all day sun is the forecast for the area. This weather
should be somewhat favorable, but winds may pick up this afternoon and
could have the potential to cause some problems. The cause of the fire
is unknown at this time.
There was another fire July 2 near Cloquet that burned between 30-40
acres. It was under control in a short time with the help of a CL 215
and air attack. Mop up will continue today. Lightning is the suspected
cause of this fire.
Five crews of 20 and about 130 overhead people are currently working on
fires in several western states. These fire personnel were dispatched
through the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center in Grand Rapids, MN.