Skip to main content
Updated:
Original:

MN wildfires more than double Sept. average; 96 percent of state is dry

Burning restrictions take effect this weekend in 22 counties of northwestern and central Minnesota. As we enter the driest part of the calendar, state officials expect the fire danger will last into the winter. The latest report on the drought puts 96 percent of the state in the 'abnormally dry' category.
Author:

Minnesota has already seen more than 130 wildfires this month and with the drought worsening, more seem likely. The DNR announced burning restrictions that take effect Sunday in 22 counties across central and northwestern Minnesota. As autumn is typically the driest part of the calendar in these parts, state officials expect the fire danger will linger into the winter.

The U.S. Drought Monitor's new map shows the arrowhead is the only part of the state that's not abnormally dry.

Minnesota's corn farmers will get top dollar for their crop this fall. But some of that is coming from the pockets of livestock farmers. Pork, turkey, and dairy producers tell AgriNews they're feeling the pinch as they spend more on feed than ever before.

Nationally, Reuters reports the drought has moved a little further north as some far southern areas finally got some relief.

Next Up

2560px-Foo_Fighters_-_Southside_Festival_2019_4184_-_1

'Minneapolis, we're coming!!!': Foo Fighters announce rescheduled concert

The previously announced Huntington Bank Stadium was cancelled.

brave new workshop

Brave New Workshop gets new owners in Hennepin Theatre Trust

It is the longest-running satirical comedy theater in the nation.

Screen Shot 2021-12-06 at 8.05.11 AM

Minnesota firefighters mourn sudden death of colleague

Aaron Bidle of the Loretto Fire Department passed away suddenly Wednesday.

flickr - thin ice warning - USFWS Midwest

Snowmobiler goes through the ice on lake near Duluth

Ice thickness varies greatly throughout Minnesota right now.

snow, measuring snow, snow totals

Here's how much snow fell during the weekend winter winter storm

The Highway 2 corridor in north-central Minnesota was the bullseye.

Minneapolis Fire Department

Roof collapses on 3 firefighters in south Minneapolis

The fire happened at a residence east of Lake Nokomis on Sunday.

Joleigha Johnson

42-year-old Minnesota woman missing since December 1

She drives a white 2009 Chevrolet Impala.

icy roads, bad roads

20-year-old killed in crash on icy highway during Sunday snowstorm

More than a foot of snow had fallen in the area where the crash occurred.

Mike Zimmer

Vikings fans clamor for change after latest bad loss under Mike Zimmer

The "fire Mike Zimmer" tweets are raging on Twitter again.

Tony Oliva

Tony Oliva and Jim Kaat are finally heading to Cooperstown

The Twins legends were elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame on Sunday night.

Tanner Morgan

Report: Gophers to play in Guaranteed Rate Bowl

The Gophers will reportedly head to Phoenix to take on West Virginia.

Related

Dry September parches parts of the state

Last month is among the driest Septembers on record in the Fargo-Moorhead area. The National Weather Service reports the area saw just about a quarter of an inch of rain over the 30 days. Preliminary measurements show that would be the fourth driest. September 1974 had just a little over a tenth of an inch of precipitation for the least amount recorded.

Minnesota still below average for wildfires

Minnesota officials have counted 997 wildfires in the state this year, surpassing 2011 by about 300 fires. But the average for the state is a little more than 1,500 wildfires, and in some years in recent decades Minnesota has had as many as 3,000 blazes.

Charitable giving in Minnesota drops more than 9 percent

The Minnesota Council on Foundations says donations fell more than 9 percent last year. Individual donations saw the biggest decline at 11 percent.

Minnesotans pay more than national average for gas

Minnesotans as of Monday were paying 17 cents more for gas than the national average. It's unusual for the state to be well over the national average. Maintenance issues at oil refineries in Chicago are to blame, a spokesperson for AAA told KARE 11.

Minn. pumpkin harvest thrives despite dry summer

While a dry summer has wreaked havoc on Minnesota's farmers, pumpkin farmers are still seeing a bumper crop this fall. Several farms in the state are reporting a high yield just in time for Halloween.

Even after the snow, wildfires burn in northwestern MN

Last week's snowfall helped firefighters, but was not enough to extinguish several blazes burning in northwestern Minnesota. The largest is a fire near Red Lake that has burned more than 38 square miles and is about 30 percent contained.