New! | MN’s Greenwood Fire

Update 1 – Thursday – September 2, 2021

A 40-square wildfire named the GREENWOOD FIRE is burning 10 miles southwest of Isabella, Minnesota was ignited by lightning on August 15ath around 1445 hours.

The original natural cover fire prompted mandatory evacuations of area residents and they are still awaiting on when they can repopulate their homes in the northeastern portion of the state, where extreme drought conditions have been present.

It is under the management of the Northern Rockies IMT Team 3 which was transferred today from the EA Gold Team, an Type 2 IMT. Other agencies assisting are the USFS – Superior NF agency (, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, MN.

Hotshot crews involved in a firing operation
Credit | USFS – Superior NF

Fire has burned about 26,089 acres of brush and timber. Containment is at thirty-seven percent. Reports of at least 12 homes and cabins have been destroyed and reported on August 25, 2021.

Fire behavior has been reduced to minimal activity with creeping, isolated torching and smoldering.

May be an image of ‎road, sky and ‎text that says '‎Greenwood Fire Community Meeting Friday- September 3- 6:00 PM Wolf Ridge Environmenta Learning Center 6282 Cranberry Road, Finland, MN 55603 Northern Rockies Team 3 Incident Management Team Lake County Sheriff's Department Superior National Forest The meeting will also be live-streamed and recorded on the Superior National Forest Facebook Page محتم‎'‎‎
Credit | Superior NF

There have been 71 structures lost.

Currently, there are 493 total personnel along with eight crews, 28 engines and two copters.

Total cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment efforts have reached $11.5 Million Dollars.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

Shooting in Spring Lake Park, Minnesota

SPRING LAKE PARK, Minnesota | The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office has released a message over Twitter of their Office along with Spring Lake Park PD and multiple other agencies on-scene of a shooting. Alongside are medical personnel as well.

Scanner Feed is reporting the shooting in the vicinity of the dala Restaurant in Spring Lake Park, where Police indicate there were multiple people injured.

Observers in the area are reporting on Social Media, a very large presence in the Restaurant parking lot.

Police indicate a presser will be released in the next hour.

The scene is very active and Officers are investigating the shooting.

Limited information is available about this incident.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 2350 hours PST

Minnesota Firm Recalls Meat and Poultry Products for Possible Listeria Contamination

Minnesota Firm Recalls Meat and Poultry Products for Possible Listeria Contamination

Class I Recall068-2014
Health Risk: HighOct 8, 2014

Congressional and Public Affairs
Lauren Kotwicki
(202) 720-9113

WASHINGTON, Oct. 08, 2014 – Buddy’s Kitchen, a Burnsville, Minn. establishment, is recalling approximately 62,488 pounds of meat and poultry products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The meat and poultry breakfast products were produced on various dates from July 16, 2014 through Sept. 25, 2014, and then shipped to distributors, retail locations, and airlines nationwide. The following products are subject to recall:

  • “Swiss Cheese and Mushroom Omelet with Seasonal Tid-Bit Potatoes & Turkey Buffet Sausage Link” trays with the production codes “07/16/14 9”, “08/08/14 9” and “08/27/14 9”.
  • “Savory Scrambled Eggs with Seasoned Red Skin Potatoes and Turkey Buffet Links” with the production codes “09/19/14 9” and “09/22/14 9”.
  • “Garden Omelet w/ Parslied Potatoes & Chicken Sausage Links” with the production codes “07/16/14 9”, “07/17/14 9”, “07/18/14 9”, “07/22/14 9”, “07/25/14 9”, “08/22/14 9”, “08/25/14 9”, “09/02/14 9”, “09/09/14 9” and “09/16/14 9”.
  • “Fiesta Scramble Bowl with Sausage Links” with the production code “10I14 9”.
  • “Breakfast Skillet Burrito with eggs, sausage and cheese” with the production codes “18G14 2”, “06I14 4”, “16G14 4”, “17G14 2”, “07H14 4”, “20H14 2”, “21H14 4”, “22H14 4” and “25H14 4”.

Case labels or packaging may bear the establishment number “EST. 4226” or “P-4226” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

The problem was discovered when an FSIS product sample confirmed positive for Listeria monocytogenes (Lm). The tested product was held, and the recalling firm tested raw materials from the product and found that the roasted red skin potatoes, which were provided by an independent supplier, tested positive for Lm. The firm is recalling all products that used the confirmed positive potatoes. FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products.

Consumption of food contaminated with L. monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns. Less commonly, persons outside these risk groups are affected.

Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. An invasive infection spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract. In pregnant women, the infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn. In addition, serious and sometimes fatal infections in older adults and persons with weakened immune systems. Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics. Persons in the higher-risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms within two months after eating contaminated food should seek medical care and tell the health care provider about eating the contaminated food.

FSIS and the company are concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list will be posted on the FSIS website at

FSIS advises all consumers to reheat ready-to-eat product until steaming hot.

Media with questions regarding the recall can contract Dave Smith, CEO, at (952) 894-2540 and consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact Tom Webber, Director of Food Safety, at (952) 894-2540 or

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at or via smartphone The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at:

USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline
1-888-MPHOTLINE or visit

Wash hands with warm, soapy water before and after handling raw meat and poultry for at least 20 seconds. Wash cutting boards, dishes and utensils with hot, soapy water. Immediately clean spills.

Do not eat hot dogs, luncheon meats, bologna or other deli meats unless reheated until steaming hot.

Do not eat refrigerated pate, meat spreads from a meat counter or smoked seafood found in the refrigerated section of the store. Foods that do not need refrigeration, like canned tuna and canned salmon, are safe to eat. Refrigerate after opening.

Do not drink raw (unpasteurized) milk and do not eat foods that have unpasteurized milk in them.

Do not eat salads made in the store, such as ham salad, chicken salad, egg salad, tuna salad or seafood salad.

Do not eat soft cheeses, such as Feta, queso blanco, queso fresco, Brie, Camembert cheeses, blue-veined cheeses and Panela, unless it is labeled as made with pasteurized milk.

Use precooked or ready-to-eat food as soon as you can. L. monocytogenes can grow in the refrigerator. The refrigerator should be 40º F or cooler and the freezer 0º F or colder Use an appliance thermometer to check the temperature of your refrigerator.

USDA Recall Classifications
Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.

[repost] 2014 The NW Fire Blog

FDA PRODUCT RECALL: Mars Theater Chocolate due to Undeclared Peanut Butter



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 19, 2014 – Today, Mars Chocolate North America announced a voluntary recall of its M&M’S® Brand Theater Box 3.40 oz UPC #40000294764 with the following lot numbers:

See Website for Lot #s:

Outside carton label, Milk Chocolate M&M's 3.40 oz

This theater box item within these lot codes may contain product containing peanut butter without listing on the ingredient label on the outside cardboard box.  The inside package is correctly labelled with ingredients and allergy information.

People who have allergies to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if their theater box contains an inner M&Ms Brand Peanut Butter bag and they consume the product.  No adverse reactions have been reported to date.

iOutside carton image of side panel label -- Milk Chocolate M&M’s 3.40 oz

The issue was identified after a consumer notifed us of a M&M’S® Brand Peanut Butter package containing peanut butter M&M’S® inside a M&M’S® Brand Milk Chocolate Theater Box.

These specific lot codes were shipped and distributed to our customers’ warehouses between May 8 and July 1, 2014, located in:  NC, TX, MN, IL, FL, KY, MS, AZ, GA, AI, CA NJ, PA, WA NY, CO, MO, MI, NH, CT, TN, MD, SC, OH, ME, VA, RI, WI, WV, IA, LA, OK, MA, NE, OK, AR, VT, ID and IN .   These customers then redistribute products for retail sale nationwide.

The M&M’S® Brand Milk Chocolate Theater Box comes in a 3.40 oz brown, 3 inch x 6.5 inch cardboard box  stamped on the right-hand side panel with the lot number and best before date.

Potential inside package -label - Peanut Butter M&M's 3.20 oz

Mars Chocolate will work with retail customers to ensure that the recalled product is not on store shelves.  In the event that consumers believe they have purchased this item and have allergy concerns, they should return this product to the store where they purchased it for a full refund.  Consumers with questions or concerns may call our toll-free number:   1-800-627-7852. This number will be operational Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm (EST).


2014 The NW Fire Blog

OR WILDFIRE: 36PitFire in Mt. Hood National Fire [Update]


  • 8 miles East of Estcada
  • Along hwy 224
  • Along Clackamas River
  • Mt. Hood National Forest

Map of fire area [Photo Credit: 36PitFire IMT]

Map of fire area [Photo Credit: 36PitFire IMT]


  • Start 9/13/2014
  • 1500 hours
  • Cause under investigation

Firefighters conducting a burnout operation. [Photo Credit:  36PitFire IMT]

Firefighters conducting a burnout operation. [Photo Credit: 36PitFire IMT]


  • Heavy deep fuels
  • Extremely steep terrain in excess of 60-degrees
  • Footing difficulties
  • Rolling debris
  • Weakened trees

Another look at Firefighters conducting Burnout operations [Photo Credit: 36PitFire IMT]

Another look at Firefighters conducting Burnout operations [Photo Credit: 36PitFire IMT]


  • 5101 acres
  • 45% containment

View seen from Hwy 224, approximately 4 miles from Estacada [Photo Courtesy: inciweb]

View seen from Hwy 224, approximately 4 miles from Estacada [Photo Courtesy: inciweb]

September 20, 2014 – Saturday

  • Fire increased on 9/20
  • Change in weather conditions; unfavorable
  • Major wind event – E gusting to 40 mph
  • Dry relative humidity
  • Increased temps
  • Lines tests but most held
  • Others held from Firefighters hard work past week
  • Fire crossed to W of S Fork of Clackamas River
  • Fire up against 45 Rd / Hillock Burn Rd
  • Firefighters worked through out night building fire line, holding fire, patrolling & watching for hot spots

Retardant Plane [very tiny in middle of photo] dropping above 36PitFire [Photo Courtesy: inciweb]

Retardant Plane [very tiny in middle of photo] dropping above 36PitFire [Photo Courtesy: inciweb]

September 21, 2014 – Sunday

  • Expected to be active
  • Significant smoke will be visible
  • Mop-up in process for NW, Northern & Southern perimters
  • Hold & secure fire lines
  • Using Palm IRS, heat detection device for mapping & ID hot spots
  • Helo coming in later afternoon with FLIR to locate hot spots

Carter Bridge [Photo Credit;  D Strand via inciweb]

Carter Bridge [Photo Credit; D Strand via inciweb]


  • 1048 personnel
  • Includes 12 Elite Hotshot hand crews
  • 17 States represented:  AK, CA, ID, WA, IN, MI, MO, WV, MT, NV, OR, WI, PA, RI, UT, WY
  • Helos:  (2) Type 1 Heavy, (1) Type 2 Medium and (1) Type 3.

"Group Tree Torching" by Heidi Brown, Photographer [Photo Courtesy: inciweb]

“Group Tree Torching” by Heidi Brown, Photographer [Photo Courtesy: inciweb]


Level 3 Evacuation Order – “Leave Now”

  • Hillockburn Rd – 4 structures

OR Fire Marshal Engines by Kevin Albright, Photographer [Photo Courtesy: inciweb]

OR Fire Marshal Engines by Kevin Albright, Photographer [Photo Courtesy: inciweb]

Level 2 Evacuation Order – “Ready to Leave at a Moment’s Notice”

  • Hillockburn Rd – 6 structures
  • E of Habelt Rd to Skinner Rd – all homes
  • Skinner Rd E of Habelt Rd – all homes
  • E side of Kinzy Rd – all homes
  • N or Skinner Rd – all homes
  • Brief Rd – all homes
  • SE Fall Creek Rd – all homes
  • Michaels Rd – all homes
  • Tumala Mtn Rd E of Divers Rd in Estacada – all homes

"Group Trees Torching" by Kevin Albright, Photographer [Photo Courtesy: inciweb]

“Group Trees Torching” by Kevin Albright, Photographer [Photo Courtesy: inciweb]

Level 1 Evacuation Order – “Be Ready”

  • Hillockburn Rd W of Habelt Rd to Dodge Church – all homes
  • Pederson Rd – all homes

Fire Operations on 9/16/2014. [Photo Courtesy: inciweb]

Fire Operations on 9/16/2014. [Photo Courtesy: inciweb]


  • Lazy Bend Camp
  • Promontory Park
  • LaDee OHV area

Smoke visible from Hwy 224. [Photo Courtesy: inciweb]

Smoke visible from Hwy 224. [Photo Courtesy: inciweb]


  • Hwy 224 reopened
  • Workers access only with valid ID


  • Held 9/20/14 Saturday
  • 175 Community members in attendance
  • Topics: Fire Strategies, Tactics
  • Positive feedback
  • Strong Community Support for Firefighting, Firefighters


  • Fire Line Info.  360-280-4352 or 503-630-1711. Staffed from 0800-2000 hours.  Email:


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