Fire danger high todayThe National Weather Service reported that above-normal temperatures in the 70s to near 80 degrees are forecast for today. That warmth, combined with low humidity and gusty south winds to 30 mph, will produce dangerous fire conditions.
By: Pine Journal, Pine Journal
Cloquet Police are warning that conditions today are critical in terms of fire risk today.
The National Weather Service reported that above-normal temperatures in the 70s to near 80 degrees are forecast for today (Monday). That warmth, combined with low humidity and gusty south winds to 30 mph, will produce dangerous fire conditions across much of the the Northland.
According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, fire danger in Carlton and south St. Louis counties is "very high." Very high means fires start easily from all causes, spread rapidly and intensify quickly. Spot fires are a constant danger. Fires burning in heavy fuels may quickly develop high-intensity characteristics, such as long-distance spotting and fire whirlwinds. Direct attack at the head of such fires is rarely possible after they have been burning more than a few minutes.
The U.S. Forest Service said in a news release Sunday that there was some rain and cooler weather in the Ely area on Saturday, but with warm, dry conditions returning, “if any lightning-started fire remains, it could show itself in the next few days.”
Boundary Waters closures spurred by wildfires last week — of Ensign Lake and several neighboring lakes — remain in effect. The Snowbank Hiking Trail also remains closed. Under campfire restrictions still in place for the Boundary Waters wilderness, campfires are allowed only between 7 p.m. and midnight. Gas stoves can be used at any time.