Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimed April 21-27 Wildfire Prevention Week, as most wildfires in Minnesota occur in April and May. Once this year’s snow melts, hazardous fire conditions are likely.
Minnesota wildland firefighters extinguish an average 1,400 fires that burn 31,000 acres each year. Most of those wildfires, 98 percent, are caused by people. The most common cause is escaped debris-burning fires.
Wildfires jeopardize public health and safety, destroy homes and property and cost millions of dollars each year to extinguish.
Dayton recognizes the best way to reduce the damage and cost of wildfires is to prevent them. He urges Minnesotans to exercise caution in all burning operations this week and throughout the year.