Firefighters are getting ready for the long haul, battling stubborn wildfires in drought-parched northeastern Minnesota — and Governor Tim Walz asked during a Thursday afternoon Zoom briefing:

“How do we think about maintaining and keeping this pace up, when the fatigue is going to be something else?”

Nick Petrack, fire management officer with Superior National Forest,  says for safety reasons they closely monitor personnel to make sure they’re getting rest:

“We’re expecting this to go ’til snowfall, so we’re trying to just pace ourselves in order to, let’s just call it, finish the marathon.”

Officials also expect wildfires just across the Canadian border to continue burning into the fall.