Dozens of wildfires burn as fire conditions remain extreme


A driver's attempt to dispose of a cigarette butt by tossing it out a car window came back to burn her. Literally.

It also torched her Subaru Forester and started a grass fire that burned a couple of acres in Eagan Wednesday, Sun This Week reports, and crews from three cities joined the effort to fight the fire, which burned for about an hour and closed part of Minnesota Highway 13, KSTP reports.

Gov. Dayton calls for help

The Eagan fire was one of more than 35 burning across Minnesota Wednesday, according to an executive order from Gov. Mark Dayton authorizing National Guard units to help the firefighting efforts.

Fires caused extensive damage in Minneapolis and near Forest Lake.

The International Falls Journal reports a fire in that city led to the evacuation of some residents.r

Multiple agencies, including crews in the air, responded to several fires in the Bemidji area as well, the Bemidji Pioneer says.

And neighboring states are also having trouble with fires. A large grass fire closed Interstate 29 in northeast North Dakota Wednesday when smoke reduced visibility to nearly zero, causing multiple car accidents, Forum News Service notes.

'Extreme' fire danger

Most of Minnesota has been in extreme or very high fire danger this week due to dry conditions, warmer-than-average temperatures, low humidity and strong blowing winds, officials note.

When conditions are like this, even small fires can be destructive and spread rapidly, the DNR says.

The DNR says the state's drought is expected to "persist and intensify statewide," however timely rains could help reduce the number of wildfire incidents – if the rain total is more than a half-inch. Most of the state is in moderate drought.

As of April 13, there were 685 wildfires in Minnesota that burned 11,971 acres, the state Department of Natural Resources says.

Next Up

Byron Buxton

Alex Colomé wastes Buxton's diving catch, clutch bomb

The Twins' bullpen woes continued in a loss to the A's.

Northern Metals

Firefighters battling large blaze at Northern Metal site in Minneapolis

The fire sent a plume of thick smoke into the skyline.

Screen Shot 2021-04-21 at 12.10.00 PM

Charges: St. Cloud woman maced, fatally stabbed man in alley

A 36-year-old man was pronounced dead at St. Cloud Hospital 32 minutes after the 911 call was made.


Gasthof's building in Northeast Minneapolis is for sale

The restaurant opened in 1992 and has been closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


1 dead in single-vehicle crash in Kandiyohi County

Deaths on Minnesota roads are up approximately 20% from the same point last year.

Irwin Jacobs home

Neighbor sues to block estate from dividing billionaire's Lake Minnetonka property

The estate of Irwin Jacobs wants to build six new homes on the late businessman's property.


In the better burger battle, does Culver's trump In-N-Out?

A website says Culver's is far superior to In-N-Out.

George Floyd mural

Darnella Frazier, who filmed the video of Floyd's arrest, reacts to guilty verdict

Frazier's video challenged the initial narrative of Floyd's arrest presented by the Minneapolis Police Department.