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Rain lowers Northland fire danger, but conditions could change quickly

Despite a nice rain overnight on May 13, Department of Natural Resources forester and firefighter Aaron Mielke says caution is still advised.

Mielke said even though the ground may be wet, grass, leaves, and pine needles dry surprisingly fast and become ideal fuel for a fire. In fact, the conifers in our forest right now are near the driest point of the year.

Until foliage greens up, the Minnesota DNR is issuing no burn permits and the Superior National Forest has not yet lifted its campfire ban.

Here’s more with Aaron Mielke.