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To all Deer Lake Residents:


2019 Firewise Update


FireWise now being organized!

But DEER LAKE most likely


on the Pick-Up list this year.

However, we should still fill out our tracking forms

and remain a FIREWISE Community,

to help keep the program going till next year's

Brush Pick-Up around Deer Lake

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




Some details from last year describing how the Firewise Program has become diminished:


  • 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)

Diana Lieffring at 218-327-5332 (south side)