KROC-AM logo
Get our free mobile app

Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - Members of the Minnesota National Guard are being deployed in northern Minnesota to help battle wildfires.

Governor Tim Walz has signed an executive order authorizing a request for support that was submitted by the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center in response to a major forest fire burning in the Superior National Forest. The Greenwood Fire near the town of Isabella and, at last report, had consumed several hundred acres and was growing rapidly due to strong winds and extremely dry conditions.

“The Minnesota National Guard is ready to assist firefighting efforts in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center, and the State Emergency Operations Center.” said Maj. Gen. Shawn Manke, Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General. “We take pride in being able to answer the call to serve our fellow Minnesotans.”

The firefighting mission will include two Black Hawk helicopters with water buckets and fuel trucks from a St. Paul-based unit and the 48th Fighter Wing based in Duluth. 16 soldiers and two pilots are being activated for the mission and are expected to arrive in the Warroad area today.

Meanwhile, a specially equipped Black Hawk helicopter from a St. Cloud National Guard unit remains in Washington State to help fight fires. That mission was originally scheduled to last two weeks, but the National Guard says the deployment could be extended depending on whether their help is still needed.

News Update:  Mayo Clinic Announces $200-Million Downtown Rochester Project

LOOK: The most expensive weather and climate disasters in recent decades

Stacker ranked the most expensive climate disasters by the billions since 1980 by the total cost of all damages, adjusted for inflation, based on 2021 data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The list starts with Hurricane Sally, which caused $7.3 billion in damages in 2020, and ends with a devastating 2005 hurricane that caused $170 billion in damage and killed at least 1,833 people. Keep reading to discover the 50 of the most expensive climate disasters in recent decades in the U.S.

More From KROC-AM