Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday ordered emergency assistance to the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center to aid with the fight against a northern Minnesota wildfire.
Dayton's emergency order frees up resources for the Fire Center, State Emergency Operations Center and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for widespread wildfire suppression in Hubbard County, where a fire near Paul Bunyan State Forest has consumed some 450 acres and as of Friday afternoon was only about 10 percent contained.
According to Dayton's office, most other counties in the northern two-thirds fo the state currently have an active Red Flag Warning, meaning conditions are ripe for wildfires. These conditions are expected to linger at least the next few days.
A number of state resources have already been deployed to fight the fire, including water-scooping planes, a large air tanker and a helicopter. Dayton's order allows the National Guard to provide additional personnel and equipment necessary to continuing providing firefighting support until it's no longer needed.