Fire

Maija Jenson

This week, Duluth mayor Emily Larson, the Duluth City Council, and the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Administration Board (CSB) 

©Lisa Johnson

Larry Weber and the National Weather Service agree: it's a "nice healthy melt" in the Northland for the most part.

But April, he reminds us, is not just a month of floods; since nothing is really greened-up yet,  it can also be a month of fire danger.

(Speaking of phenology, here's what we were talking about on Backyard Almanac last year at this time!)

Tom Guntzberger

When you hear stories about house fires and other emergencies these days, there's usually a mention of the family pets that got out safely, too -- or didn't.

It hasn't always been that way.  Not that long ago, first responders were concerned strictly with the human lives.

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Earlier this month, hundreds of Duluth friends and neighbors gathered for the 9th annual Hillfest celebration. The celebration takes part in the heart of Duluth's Hillside neighborhoods as traffic is shut down for a Sunday afternoon at the busy intersection of 6th Avenue East and 4th St.

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Historically, the incidence of house fires is declining, so Captain Aaron Bujold of the Duluth Fire Department calls the recent spate of them an "anomaly."

In the eight Northland fires since the beginning of the month, two people have been injured and four have died, including  an as-yet unidentified man in a Lakeside neighborhood fire last night.

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Hartley Nature Center says they're just taking advantage of the snow cover to safely burn a series of debris piles (and a little storm damage) left over from a logging operation this summer.

It's not an official park activity or anything, but the park is still open, and if you're out for a ski or a walk in the 20-below wind chills and you happen upon some folks tending a nice blazing fire ... and you happen to have some marshmallows in your pocket, well - so much the better.

Britta Kauppila

Saturday, July 9 is Duluth's Fire Festival, a community gathering at the Fire Arts Center formerly the Amory Annex at 1325 London Road.  The celebration happening 3-9pm includes blacksmithing,  ceramic raku and pit firings, glass blowing, fire dancing and more.  Meet the artists and check out the artists market for some hot hot summer fun.  This is a family friendly event that can spark the imagination creating ideas and a passion for the transformative nature of fire and the arts.

3:00 Students of the Music Resource Center kick off the festival