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Fire season begins; firefighters douse two fires Tuesday

Lake George firefighters responded Tuesday morning to a grass fire north of the town. Almost simultaneously DNR firefighters responded to a timber fire near Lake Alice.

Although much of the county remains in swampy wet conditions there are patches of dry spots, fire officials warn.

"The annual spring fire season is just getting under way now," said Terry Novak of DNR Forestry in Park Rapids. "The grass is dead from last year and it responds pretty quickly to rain. Not only does it soak up water quickly, but it lets water off quickly. A day or two of sun and we're back in fire season."

Greg Vollhaber of the Bemidji DNR Forestry Division said the Lake Alice fire needed a helicopter to douse the flames.

"It burned a plantation area with seedlings," he said.

Residents are asked to use caution burning. Restrictions will go into effect in southern central Minnesota counties April 15. The Hubbard County re-ion's restrictions go into effect April 22.

Burning restrictions begin at 8 a.m. on April 15 in the following counties: Anoka, Benton, Cass south of the border of the Chippewa National Forest, Crow Wing, Chisago, Dakota, Douglas, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Pope, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, Wadena, Washington, and Wright.

The Hubbard County area will go into effect the following week, Vollhaber said.

"We'll have a fire danger until it greens up," Novak said.

Sarah Smith

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

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