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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