Fire Management

Spring is wildland fire season on the Chippewa National Forest, and our wildland firefighters need your help in preventing wildland fires. Below you will find a number of resources to learn more about how to be FireWise as well as link to updated Minnesota DNR burning restrictions, InciWeb and Smokey Bear activities.

Keep Up-To-Date on Spring Burning Restrictions

If you live in northern Minnesota, you know that wildland fire conditions can change quickly. It’s important to keep up to date on spring burning restrictions and weather.

Current MN DNR Fire information and maps showing wildland fire danger can be found through this link: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/forestry/fire/firerating_restrictions.html

Remember, burning restrictions will reduce demands on our limited wildfire response resources at this critical time, helping to ensure our wildland firefighters can respond effectively to those wildfires that do occur and are available to support other critical emergency response needs.

Chippewa National Forest and MNICS

The Chippewa National Forest is a part of the Minnesota Incident Command System (MNICS) This interagency group of state and federal partners manages wildfire and all risk incidents. Together, they develop standard procedures, practices and guidelines to support incidents and resource mobilization.

MNICS was established to enhance the use of emergency response resources for land management agencies in Minnesota, for dissemination of intelligence information and to provide a single point of contact for the cooperating agencies within Minnesota.

The Minnesota Interagency Fire Center (MIFC) is located in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, and is home to MNICS and the Minnesota Interagency Coordination Center (MNCC) which supports local, geographical and national incidents. MIFC is also home to the National Symbols Cache.

To learn more about MNICS and the partners, go to https://mnics.org/wpress/left-sidebar-menu/administrative/mnics-coordination/

Information about current wildland fires

InciWeb is an excellent source of information about current wildland fires. InciWeb is an interagency all-risk incident information management system that provides a single source of incident-related information to the public.

InciWeb provides information on all wildland and prescribed fires, including fire status, maps, community alerts, news releases, photos and contacts for additional information. To access InciWeb, go to https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC)

NIFC is an excellent resource to learn more about wildland firefighting, training, and view the National situation report and fire season outlook. https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/fireInfo_main.html

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Stay connected, stay safe:

  • Check the statewide fire danger and current burning restrictions webpage, which the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources updates daily.
  • Follow @ChippewaNF (Chippewa National Forest) for current information on recreation site and campfire closures.
  • Follow @mnforestry (DNR Forestry) on Twitter for up-to-date information on statewide fire conditions.
  • Follow @mnics (Minnesota Incident Command System) for information on large wildfires.

Is Your Home FireWise?

As more homes are built outside of towns, the existing wildland firefighting resources are less able to protect everyone's property while trying to control a wildfire.  

You can play an important role in helping communities reduce the wildfire risk of homes by conducting Firewise Assessments. These easy to do surveys of your home are important to prevent losing homes to wildland fire. 

Make Your Home FireWise:

Here are a few items to consider: 

  • Access: Can firefighters reach your home? If you have a driveway less than 150 feet long, the driveway should be at least 12 feet wide for fire equipment. If your drive is longer than 150 feet, the driveway should be at least 20 feet wide. 
  • Site: Woodpiles should be at least 25 feet from any structures. Keep 100 feet of garden hose attached to your home and prune branches near home at least six feet up to avoid “ladder” fuels. 
  • Structures: Keep gutters cleaned, and clean leaves and other debris from around home foundation. Soffits should be enclosed. 
  • Burning Practices: Keep updated with MN DNR on all burning restrictions and fire weather warnings. Check to make sure there are no branches near power lines. Make sure there are approved spark arresters on your lawnmower and chainsaws.  

Learn more tips at MN DNR FireWise Program Information 

Minnesota has adopted the national Firewise program. Follow these links to the National FireWise page to learn more. 

 


 






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