Wildfire activity moderates in Minnesota

Last week there were four wildfires in Minnesota ranging in size from 100 to 973 acres. The last time the National Interagency Fire Center released a Situation Report on May 13 all four of those were contained. NIFC is not updating the Situation Report on a daily basis.

Minnesota wildfires
Information about wildfires in Minnesota provided by NIFC May 13, 2016.

On May 16 the Eastern Area Coordination Center’s Daily Briefing did not list any uncontained fires. But they have the resources available in case more break out. Monday they listed 12 hand crews in Minnesota; seven Hotshot crews and five Type 2 Initial Attack (IA) crews. Four are assigned to fires, while the others were listed as IA Support, NW Region Fire Support, NE Region Fire Support, and IA Preparedness/Preposition.

Here is the Eastern Area’s Fire Potential Outlook for the Great Lakes Compact which includes Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan:

Great Lakes Compact (MN, WI, MI) Forecast Fire Danger for 5-16-16: Low to moderate. Fire Weather:
A few showers and storms will continue to sink southeast through the southern and eastern Great Lakes into Monday evening. Mainly dry and warmer conditions will prevail Tuesday into the weekend allowing fuels to dry out quite a bit.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, Bill Gabbert now writes about it from the Black Hills. Google+