Fire District responds to first wildfire of 2014
The Cloquet Area Fire District (CAFD) was dispatched to the first wildfire of 2014 last Wednesday, April 15. Units were called at 11:20 a.m. to respond to the report of a wildfire with buildings threatened at 435 Brookston Road.
Upon arrival, firefighters found approximately half an acre of running fire with a small outbuilding involved. The fire was rapidly suppressed and damage was limited to the storage building, trailer, a trampoline and other outdoor items. Crews were assisted by wildland engines from Fond du Lac Forestry and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
The CAFD reminds residents that April 20-26 is Wildfire Prevention Week. On average, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources firefighters respond to more than 1,200 wildfires each year. Most of those fires occur during the spring. The time between when the snow melts and vegetation turns green is when Minnesota has the most wildfires. In Minnesota, the No. 1 cause of wildfire is escaped debris-burning fires. Much of Minnesota is under spring burning permit restrictions between snow melt and green up because dry fuels like grass increase fire danger.