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Air attack quells fast moving grass fire in NE Hubbard County as second blaze erupts

A DNR plane dumps water on a grass fire in northeast Hubbard County that burned for hours before firefighters could get it under control. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)1 / 2
This plane, along with two helicopters, was used to douse a fire in northeast Hubbard County Tuesday afternoon. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)2 / 2

A fast moving grass fire in northeastern Hubbard County Tuesday afternoon had authorities issue an evacuation order for nearby residents while a platoon of air support attacked the blaze.

Residents on White Spruce Drive, including Chuck Brown, were asked to leave their homes.

Brown kept track of the fire on his ATV as planes and helicopters criss-crossed the area dumping water.

A Bemidji police officer lives at the end of the drive. Around 4 p.m. he said the fire was 80 percent contained, according to air support.

The evacuation order was lifted shortly after that, lifted by Bemidji Fire Chief David Hoefer.

DNR crews, along with Bemidji, Beltrami County and Hubbard County barricaded off the area to bring the fire under control.

Driven by gusty west-southwest winds, smoke filled the area known as Rosby Acres.

Brown said he'd heard the fire was started by a spark from a baling crew in the vicinity, but that could not be confirmed.

A second fire was reported on County 45 in the trees around 5:30 p.m. northeast of Laporte. Crews were rushing from the first fire to put out that blaze.

Sarah Smith

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

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