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A grass and debris fire attracted Nevis and Akeley firefighters Thursday afternoon. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Grass fires begin; DNR issues a warning

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Grass fires begin; DNR issues a warning
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     Akeley, Nevis and DNR firefighters are on the scene of a debris fire at a trailer park outside of Nevis after flames got away from the landowner.

     Firefighters at the scene said they believed there was a burn permit issued in connection with the fire, but that tinder dry conditions are making the situation dangerous.

     The Minnesota DNR simultaneously issued a warning about the fire danger, indicating that Park Rapids is one of the areas most prone to fire.

     “As precipitation over the last 30 days has been at 50 percent of normal over most of Minnesota, fire managers from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are seeing an increase in fire danger and are urging people to use caution when working and recreating in dry areas.

So far this summer, fire occurrence has been low, but a predicted dry spell could change that quickly. DNR forestry areas with the highest fire potential are Bemidji, Park Rapids, Backus, Little Falls, Sandstone, and lands north of Cambridge and south of Cloquet,” the DNR warning said.

     “Continuing warm dry weather could expand the area of concern to the Arrowhead region in northeastern Minnesota where lightning ignitions could become more likely if thunderstorms develop with light rain,” fire managers said.

     Locally the fire was called in just after 2:40 p.m.

Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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