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St. Louis County to host news conference to discuss wildfire risk, safety reminders, and preparation/response plans

By Dana Kazel

Nearly all of St. Louis County is experiencing moderate drought conditions. Last week's heavy snowfall provided welcome precipitation and a slight pause to the wildfire risk. However, that snow is expected to melt relatively soon and little additional precipitation is forecast.

The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office will be hosting a news conference Wednesday, April 3, at 1:30 p.m. at the Public Safety Building in Duluth, 2030 Arlington Avenue. The focus will be the ongoing wildfire risk, how multiple agencies are working together to prepare, how the public can help reduce the risk, and a new online mapping tool where people can monitor – by community and neighborhood – their risk level and how to prepare if evacuation is needed. 

Representatives from the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office and Emergency Management, the National Weather Service, United States Forest Service, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, City of Ely - Emergency Management and the Duluth Fire Department will speak and be available to answer media questions.

The news conference will be livestreamed on the City of Duluth and St. Louis County's Facebook pages.