Minnesota Interagency Fire Center officials remind the public that spring is a prime time for wildfire activity, so it is critical for people to not let their guard down when they head outside.
The center states the snow has melted, leaving behind dry grass, leaf litter and debris. This dry material acts like fuel that can quickly turn a small fire into an escaped wildfire. What may seem like a harmless debris cleanup or a night campfire can easily escape. Escaped wildfires threaten property and can result in injuries, or worse.
"Every year we get reports of people suffering burns from an escaped fire because they thought they could control the fire on their own," Ron Stoffel, Minnesota Interagency Fire Center, said in a news release. "These injuries are preventable. If your debris burn or campfire escapes, or you spot a wildfire, call 911 immediately."
Despite the cool, damp conditions seen throughout the state recently, the risk of wildfire remains high. All counties in Minnesota, including Crow Wing County, currently require burning permits.
Minnesota Interagency Fire crews are prepared for this spring wildfire season and are ready to help where needed.
Fire crews offer the following tips for wildfire prevention:
• Keep flammable materials at least 3 feet from open flames.
• Attend a campfire at all times.
• Keep a handy source of water ready.
• Stir the ashes until the campfire is completely out.
• Should an open fire escape, never hesitate to call 911.