With ongoing drought conditions around the state, the risk of wildfires is up and the Minnesota DNR is urging off-road vehicle, heavy equipment and agricultural operators to be cautious…

“Be careful–if you’re mowing your lawn, or mowing out on your property, watch that you’re avoiding rocks, even a blade hitting a rock can send sparks out that can start a wildfire.”

Bemidji Area Forestry assistant supervisor Ben Lang says it’s a good idea to have a bucket of water or fire extinguisher nearby. Minnesota’s wildland fire management agencies are reporting an uptick in recent weeks of equipment-caused wildfires due to extremely dry grasses and brush.