Prescribed Fire Saves Minnesota Communities from Wildfire


In September of 2006, a lightning-caused wildfire occurred on Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge in Minnesota. The fire had potential for rapid growth due to high winds and dry conditions. The wildfire started within a 448-acre unit that was prescribed burned four months prior. Starting in a 2-acre spot that had remained unburned in a typical mosaic pattern, the wildfire was easily suppressed as soon as it spread to a previously burned area. Had this wildfire not been contained quickly, numerous homes located between the communities of Odessa and Ortonville would have been threatened. The fire was suppressed by FWS and local volunteer fire department resources.

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