MNICS: Over 500 wildland fires across Minnesota, 20K acres burned since start of March

MNICS: Over 500 wildland fires across Minnesota, 20K acres burned since start of March Photo: MNICS.

Josh Skluzacek
Updated: April 06, 2021 03:04 PM
Created: April 06, 2021 01:38 PM

More than 500 wildland fires have been reported since the beginning of March in Minnesota, burning nearly 20,000 acres.

The Minnesota Incident Command System said the increase in spring wildfire activity is happening in the driest parts of the state, with grasses and marshland mostly affected and forested areas also a concern in northwest Minnesota.

MNICS said wildland firefighters and aircraft that can drop water and fire retardant are responding to the fires and will continue to respond as more pop up.

Additionally, MNICS asked people flying drones to keep them grounded and away from fires as crews battle the flames. Drones may be restricted within five miles of a wildland fire and can pose serious risks to aircraft.


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