St. Louis County unveils new website for wildfire evacuation plans

By John Myers
The Duluth News Tribune
April 3, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US East

DULUTH — As state, local and federal agencies brace for what’s predicted to be a busy wildfire season across the Northland, St. Louis County has launched a new website that shows residents how and where to evacuate in case of emergencies. The site,, will be used when needed to get information to 1,600 specific areas of the county in harm’s way of a wildfire or other dangerous event. The new online mapping tool allows residents to monitor, by community and even by neighborhood, their risk level and how to prepare if evacuation is needed. Recent deadly fires in places like Paradise, California and Lahaina, Hawaii — where many people tried to evacuate but couldn’t escape the fires — demonstrated the need for well-planned evacuation routes and destinations when chaos reigns amid wildfires… St. Louis County’s announcement comes …officials warn of a looming spring wildfire season that could be worse than most.

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