The Superior and Chippewa National Forests are actively supporting firefighting efforts on the west coast. Forest Spokesperson Kate Legner says as of last week 56 Superior staffers and 14 Chippewa staffers were on the ground in western states.
“That includes people ranging from fire management officers, firefighters, fuel technicians, they go out for 14-day details at a time, then they also come back for a few days of rest and then go back for another. Some of those folks are on their second or third detail out west.”
Legner says this spring and summer was one of the longest dry stretches ever for Minnesota’s national forests, and with those conditions, they are maintaining vigilance in their own fire prevention efforts.