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   2021 FireWise      


Form submission deadline:

one week before scheduled pickup, 

July 13 (south side) and July 19 (north side)

Pick up dates: 

South side July 20

North side July 26,

Please read instructions below to participate!

About Firewise
Firewise is about reducing fire risk.  Firewise encourages property owners to clear brush, downed trees and limbs, and other woody materials around their homes, cabins, and driveways to prevent the spread of fire and enable fire truck access.  You or a hired-hand clear and stack the brush near at the end of your driveway or near a road.  It’s picked up and taken away by the Firewise program.  It's for free if you’re a DLA member.  The brush collected is put to good use as garden chips, bio-fuel or for other uses.

If you have brush, downed trees, or limbs that you want to get rid of, Firewise makes it easy.   On the Tracking Form you include the time you or a hired hand spent clearing brush, downed trees, and limbs.  You also include time spent performing any of the other tasks listed on the form.  The Program uses this matching labor to help gain funding.  You submit the form to DLA Firewise coordinators by the specified date.  The next week the Firewise workers will come to pick up your marked pile. 

You must fill out and submit the Tracking Form to our Coordinators.

Find links to the Tracking Form options and more info below.   

You can also ask detailed questions about Firewise by contacting one of the DLA Firewise Coordinators.  
Deer Lake Northside:

Your Firewise Coordinators:


Joan Ratzlaff, 34842 Deer Path Drive, Deer River MN 56636



David Duxbury, 315 Cottage Downs, Hopkins, MN 55305


North/South divide defined by

Chase Lake Rd on the west

and Baker Rd on the east

please click these links:

Letter from our DLA FW Leaders

Tracking Form in PDF to print and mail

Tracking Form in Spreadsheet to fill on computer and email


You must be a member of the DLA to participate.

Membership Form Here


Deadlines (2021): 

Tracking forms must be submitted:

 July 13 (south side) and July 19 (north side)

 Pickup will take place the week of:

 July 20 (south side) and July 26 (north side)



Changes from past practice:

  • Firewise budget is slashed to 35% of former budget.
  • No chipper at UPM Blandin (burnt out and not replaced).
  • No biomass fuel centers (MN legislature voted to release XCEL Energy from biomass contract).
  • No work crew.
  • Brush pick-up plan is now every other year. Deer Lake made the list for 2018.
  • Only accepting brush/trees trimmed/cut from within the 100’ defensible area around the main homestead structure or to maintain a 12’ wide, 14’ high driveway access. Do not pull wood out of the deep forest. Piles must consist of material that either allows better access to the home or keeps the home safe from fire.
  • No flammable products (like woodchips) within 5’ of the home.
  • Instead of being used for fuel or chips, the picked up brush will be burned.


Your Firewise Coordinators:     

Joan Ratzlaff at 651-271-3341 (north side)

David Duxbury at 715-377-2900 (south side)