Chances Of MN Wildfires Increasing 26 Aug 13

With high temperatures and drought conditions in parts of the state, fire officials are warning about the risk of wildfires and urging people to be careful in dry areas. The Minnesota Interagency Fire Center says that part of the state is still covered with green vegetation, which reduces the risk of fire, but the landscape can change quickly in a heat wave. People are being advised to be careful in recreational parts of the state. Areas around Bemidji, Detroit Lakes and Cass Lake are dry, and in parts of northern and central Minnesota the fire-danger rating is “high” or “very high.” The state Department of Natural Resources has been ramping up its staffing levels and watching for increased chances of wildfires as well.