Detected yesterday, The U.S. Forest Service is attempting to contain a wildfire that broke out in Superior National Forest.
The fire’s origin point was roughly 15 miles southwest of Isabella, Minnesota near Greenwood Lake. Dubbed The Greenwood Fire, it previously was quoted as spanning a “couple hundred acres.” However, the fire’s swift movement has made its current size and span unknown reports the Forest Service in a news release.
The fire’s severity prompted Governor Tim Walz to sign an executive order yesterday authorizing the Minnesota National Guard to aid wildfire response. Walz noted abnormally high heat during the summer and historic drought conditions as the fire’s contributing factors.
“The Minnesota National Guard’s additional support will be critical to responding to these wildfires and protecting the safety of Minnesotans and their property. I am proud that our Service Members have again answered the call to serve their fellow Minnesotans.”
Additionally, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) issued a fire weather watch for the majority of the state. This includes Lake County, where the fire is currently burning. Dry air and gusting winds are also creating “critical” fire weather conditions. As such, the DNR advises against burning anything outdoors for now.
Currently, crews on both the ground and in the air are attempting to suppress the wildfire. An aircraft is also scoping the affected areas and the fire itself to better discern the fire’s size.
Wildfires Are Currently Out Of Control
Sadly, the Superior National Forest fire is only one of many wildfires currently trying to be contained. A few days ago, the U.S. Forest Service admitted being in crisis mode. The agency reports deploying a staggering 21,000 federal firefighters in numerous states to battle wildfires. The Dixie Fire in northern California has roughly 6,200 firefighters deployed there alone.
Forest Fire services lack resources with more than 100 wildfires currently burning in over a dozen Western states. The Forest Service reports dealing with “critical resources limitations,” making the fires especially dangerous.
In fact, some fires are so devastating entire towns evacuated their occupants due to the danger. The Richard Spring Wildfire began on August 8 and continued to spread. By August 12, more than 260 square miles of forest had burned or were burning. The fire being less than a mile away from the town of Lame Deer prompted an emergency evacuation.
However, not all news involving fires lately is bad. For instance, firefighters contained the Kirk Hill Wildfire after it broke out next to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota.
Due to the severity of wildfires, it is imperative to listen to emergency channels to remain updated on a fire’s current status. If you’re in an area with prevalent fires, keeping supplies and must-have items in your vehicle in case of evacuation is also advised.