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PFD assisting with northern MN fires

With the wildfire in Isabella raging out of control the DNR has turned to Proctor, and other fire departments across the state for help


Proctor fir chief Fire Chief Kerry Helquist was notified Monday afternoon that the DNR has activated the State Cooperative Agreement. The SCA asks fire departments across the state to send available firefighters and equipment to Isabella to assist.


By Tuesday evening, the fire in the Superior National Forest had grown from 2,000 acres to 3,200. The Greenwood fire, about 15 miles southwest of Isabella, threatened cabins, homes and recreational sites, and has led to the evacuation of at least 75 homes and cabins by the Lake Co. Sheriff’s Office.


Chief Helquist and a fire fighter responded with Engine #1.   The DNR will reassess their needs on Friday as we’re expected to get rain.


Chief Helquist activated the local mutual aid agreements with Hermantown, Solway, and Grand Lake. The Duluth FD is also aware of Proctor’s situation.


In Proctor the fireworks scheduled for Saturday night have been canceled.

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