Radar Road Fire now 40 percent contained

Firefighters will continue to mop up and patrol the eastern edge of the fire while crews continue to eliminate smouldering hot spots in the area.

The Minnesota Incident Management Command Team issued a release updating the situation of the fire in Eckles Township northwest of Bemidji.

The 60-acre fire is 40 percent contained as of this morning.

Extremely dry fuels due to a worsening drought are exacerbating fire danger, and burning restrictions remain in effect for all of Beltrami County within state jursidiction.

The fire is believed to be human-caused.

Radar Road is still closed to non-essential traffic.

A drone operator reportedly disrupted firefighting efforts yesterday, per the Sheriff’s blotter.

Unauthorized drones are prohibited from being in the area, as all firefighting aircraft must be grounded until confirmation that the unauthorized drone has grounded.

An infrared flight is planned for tomorrow morning to locate additional hot spots.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Bemidji Fire Department, Solway Fire Department, and Beltrami County Sheriff’s Department are among the cooperating agencies in fighting this wildfire.

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