The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ fleet of wildfire-combating airplanes has doubled this year, and not a moment too soon.
Dozens of wildfires have local and regional firefighters in full alert across the state. Ron Stoffel, the DNR’s wildfire suppression supervisor, estimated his department responded to “about 50 or 60” different wildfires across the state Thursday alone, with the six new FireBoss airplanes helping combat 15 of those fires.
“Yesterday was a real snappy day for us statewide with wildfires,” he said.
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