Fire safety

Did you notice the haze in the sky last week? Or was it harder for you to breathe? This was because of the wildfires in Northern Minnesota. The fires started around May 6th in the Hoyt Lakes area and burned a total of about 1,000 acres over a six day period. People were evacuated from their homes because of the fire. The cause of the fire is still unknown.

Fire safety is always an important issue but the risks are even higher in the summer months. Many people do not know how important it is to be aware of the rules that the DNR have in place for the different regions in Minnesota. Some people may think they are following the rules, but they usually aren’t.

Spring burning restrictions have been put into place in Minnesota and it is important that people look at these restrictions before they plan to have a campfire or anything of that nature. It is important to look at these rules because if you get caught breaking them, the consequences can be mighty.

If you are wondering where you can find the rules/restrictions, you can visit http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/forestry/fire/firerating_restrictions.html

t05.07.2016 -- Steve Kuchera -- kucheraWILDFIRE0508c1 -- A firefighting helicopter flys over the Skibo Fire near Hoyt Lakes on Saturday afternoon. Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com

t05.07.2016 — Steve Kuchera — kucheraWILDFIRE0508c1 — A firefighting helicopter flys over the Skibo Fire near Hoyt Lakes on Saturday afternoon. Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com

 

 

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