A portion of Karlstad, Minn. was evacuated as wildfire closed in on the small northwestern town near the Canadian border. KTRF reports on at least one individual being turned away after trying to return to their home.
National Guard called in (WDAZ)
There goes Karlstad. twitter.com/Addi450/status…
— Addi kiil (@Addi450) October 2, 2012
Several fires in northwestern Minnesota.Here is the scene from Karlstad. twitter.com/DarylRitchison…
— DarylRitchison (@DarylRitchison) October 2, 2012
Minnesota Incident Command System: “Extreme fire conditions in NW Minnesota today with several new starts. Example: Hallock, MN has temperature of 73, relative humidity of 19%, and winds from the SW at 35 mph, gusting to 43 mph.
“Evacuations in the City of Karlstad. County Highway 27 Fire near Karlstad. Structures threatened. Two structures lost on south side of Karlstad. Civil Emergency Message posted. National Guard Blackhawks and at fire.
“A new start north of the City of Viking about 4 to 5 miles long. Structures lost outside of town. Evacuations of some homes outside of town. The town itself is not threatened.”
Fire fighters aren’t requesting additional support at this time.
Live reports from KTRF.
Emergency Message issued:
“Individuals located within the community of Karlstad Minnesota are urged to prepare for evacuation this afternoon. A wildfire is fast approaching the area from the south with reports of structural damage south of town. Persons should stay tuned to local media for further Bulletins regarding this dangerous situation.”
via Civil Emergency Message in Minnesota.
This photo from the scene shows a couple of residences about to be engulfed by smoke.
“Governor Mark Dayton issued an Emergency Executive Order Tuesday for the Adjuntant General of Minnesota to send active duty personnel and equipment necessary to help suppress eight wildfires in Northwest Minnesota,” reports Northland News Center.
latest on wildfire situation in Karlstad, MN: MPRs Dan Gunderson just spoke with sheriff: nursing home evacuated – fewer than 100 people
— Laura McCallum (@MPRsLauraMc) October 2, 2012