Minnesota soldiers to help with wildfires out west and hurricanes down south

Gov. Dayton has signed executive orders to help other states dealing with natural disaster.

Minnesota soldiers will be helping out other states dealing with devastating natural disasters. 

Gov. Mark Dayton signed two executive orders Saturday. One's to provide assistance to the southern U.S. as Hurricane Irma hits. The other is to assist western states with wildfires

Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma has already killed at least 23 people in the Caribbean, and the National Hurricane Center expects it to reach Florida Sunday morning. 

As of Saturday, Irma is a Category three hurricane. Categories are based on winds and Irma currently could produce gusts up to 129 mph. However, the storm is expected to restrengthen as it passes Cuba and moves towards the U.S. 

North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Florida are all under states of emergency, and some areas are evacuating.

Dayton's executive order means Minnesota National Guard soldiers will provide assistance to all of those states. 

“I encourage all Minnesotans who are able to contribute to qualified relief efforts," Dayton said in a statement. "Minnesota stands ready to assist those affected by Hurricane Irma in any way we are able.”

Minnesota also sent soldiers to help in Texas when Hurricane Harvey hit. 

Wildfires in the West

There have been wildfires all across the western U.S. You can see a map of all the active ones here

Earlier this week, The Atlantic reported eight states had been impacted. 

According to the source, thousands of people were forced to leave as the fire destroyed homes and closed highways. 

In just the past week, more than a million acres have burned. 

All the smoke is making for some really bad air conditions out there. Minnesotans have even experienced hazy skies and air quality alerts as winds brought some smoke all the way over here. 

Dayton's executive order means the Minnesota National Guard will be providing relief to those states, too. 

“I am glad that Minnesota will be able to assist those affected by the terrible wildfires in the Western United States,” Dayton said in a statement. “Minnesota stands ready to assist in any way we are able.”

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