Midwest Region


For Immediate Release
Nov 04, 2011
Contact: Incident Command Post 218-449-4115; Richard Birger, 651-769-5952 cell

No Growth on Agassiz Refuge Fire in Spite of High Winds

Middle River, Minn. – The 200 acre peat fire is not the only problem firefighters are up against in northern Minnesota. All day today, and predicted to continue tomorrow, they are contending with exceptionally windy conditions.

Steady south, south-west winds, up to 36 mph with a gust of 46 mph have greatly increased the hazard of fire weakened trees falling down.

During this wind event firefighters are focusing on those pockets of peat burning in the more open, treeless parts of the Silo Unit.  Work under the trees will resume when the strong wind subsides and those areas are safe for crews to re-enter.

In normal wildland fire this wind would pose a very serious problem, pushing fire deep into unburned fuel. The fuel on the Silo Fire is not affected by the wind, it is basically the peat soil that is smoldering – no running flames.

Firefighters were reminded at the regular morning briefing to be cautious of the increased traffic on Refuge roads as hunters converge on the Refuge in anticipation of the Saturday opening of the Minnesota Firearms Deer Season.
Specific information on the Silo Unit Fire can be found on and the Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge web site at 

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