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Minnesota Crews Respond to Western Fires

Three more crews (numbers 19, 20 & 21) left the Duluth Armory today, going to Yreka, in response to wildland fires in California. Two Virginia state crews are joining them. Northern California has six large fires today, compared to just one yesterday. The Minnesota Interagency Fire Center will continue to dispatch assistance to western states, while maintaining adequate resources for fire suppression at home.

Minnesota wildland fire officials remain concerned about the dry conditions around the state. A dry weather pattern that began in July, continued throughout the month of August, and August temperatures were warmer than normal across the state. There is little chance of rain expected before next Tuesday or Wednesday. Numerous small fires have been reported around the state, but excellent initial attack has kept them from causing major damage.

Two CL-215 water scooping aircraft that have been helping fire suppression in Montana for the past 44 days have returned to Hibbing. The Forest Service has 3 aircraft on floats available in Ely. Brainerd area has one helicopter, one CL-215 and an air attack available. Helicopters are available in Sandstone and Grand Marais, and Hibbing. Grand Rapids has one Cessna 206 and a beaver aircraft on floats is on one-hour call time.




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