Dry Weather Means High Risk for Fires

Experts Call This Time of Year Spring Dip

CLOQUET, Minn.- With the dry weather and grass that hasn’t greened up all the way, many parts of the Northland is at a high risk for wild fires.

Experts call this time of year, the Spring dip. It’s when the trees suck up moisture from the ground and dries up the fine fuels like grass, making it easier for wild fires and grass fires to start and spread.   Experts say it’s important to keep in mind when burning brush, or enjoying campfires.

“Definitely if people are burning, they should be burning in a safe, controlled area, meaning they’re having a recreational fire in a fire pit,” said Pat Wherley, the Fire Team Leader of the Cloquet Area DNR Forestry Office.

A lot of grass fires are started by Debris burning, but some are started by cigarette butts being flicked into dry grass, or by rail road tracks.

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