On June 5 the Wildland Urban Interface Class as part of the Minnesota Wildfire Academy walked through a Grand Rapids neighborhood. This course is designed to assist in identifying hazards and making tactical decisions when confronting wildland fire that threatens life and property. Students learned how they can make tactical decisions while confronting wildfire in the wildland/urban interface.

The class has utilized this neighborhood for the last 11 years. They mainly stayed on the road and did a walkthrough of the neighborhood and evaluated the different structures and how they may stand up to a wildfire. Students looked at construction and surrounding hazards to structures and firefighters.

This is the 19th year of the Minnesota Wildfire Academy. Nearly 700 students from 14 different states and incident personnel are participating in 26 courses. These courses are designed to build foundations of knowledge from basic skills to upper skill levels of wildfire management. The academy is held at Itasca Community College, located in Grand Rapids, Minn. Agencies involved with the fire academy include: Minnesota DNR, USDA Forest Service, US Fish and Wildfire, National Park Service, MN Fire Chiefs Association, MN State Fire Marshall, Department of Public Safety, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Conservation Corps of Minnesota, Itasca Community College, University of MN, MN North Central Research and Outreach Center, Visit Grand Rapids.

For more information visit, https://mnics.org/wpress/. Like our Facebook page or follow @mnics on Twitter. If you have any questions, contact the Lead Instructor is Jeb Backe: jbacke@fs.fed.us or at 218-235-8811.

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