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Juvenile arrested in Cass County fire Wednesday

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"857976","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"381","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"480"}}]]Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports that on May 28, 2014 at approximately 1:31 PM the...


Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports that on May 28, 2014 at approximately 1:31 PM the Cass County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a fire in Pike Bay Township approximately 1 mile south-west of Cass Lake. Officers responded and located a large fast moving wildfire in a pine forest with a significant amount of blow down material. Ten residences were evacuated along the Nary Road (156th St NW) in Cass County. Local fire department engines protected the residences in close proximity to the fire. No damage to these residences has been reported. Some abandoned outbuildings were burned. The fire consumed approximately 76 acres, about a half mile long and a quarter mile wide. The fire was contained at approximately 5:30 PM with a bulldozer line. Numerous agencies responded to assist with the wildfire, including DNR Forestry, U.S. Forest Service, Leech Lake Department of Resources Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Conservation Corps of MN. In addition, eight fire departments provided structure protection including Cass Lake, Bemidji, Lakeport, Hackensack, Walker, Backus, Blackduck and Solway. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office, Leech Lake Tribal Police Department, Pike Bay Police Dept, and the MN State Patrol. Aerial support included an aerial coordination unit, two CL215 water scooping aircraft and 2 helicopters with water buckets, and several dozers and other tracked vehicles. The Salvation Army and Leech Lake Band of Ojibew assisted with food and refreshments at the Pike Bay Town Hall. Sheriff Tom Burch and MN DNR Incident Commander Greg Vollhaber reported that incident communications were very effective. The ARMER 800MHZ radio system provided the connection between multiple responding Federal, State, County and local agencies. The investigation revealed a juvenile male who was located in close proximity to the fire scene and was taken into custody. Arson is suspected as the cause of the fire, however the investigation continues with the cooperation of the MN DNR Fire Investigation Teams.
Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports that on May 28, 2014 at approximately 1:31 PM theCass County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a fire in Pike Bay Township approximately 1mile south-west of Cass Lake. Officers responded and located a large fast moving wildfire ina pine forest with a significant amount of blow down material.Ten residences were evacuated along the Nary Road (156th St NW) in Cass County. Localfire department engines protected the residences in close proximity to the fire. No damageto these residences has been reported. Some abandoned outbuildings were burned. The fireconsumed approximately 76 acres, about a half mile long and a quarter mile wide. The firewas contained at approximately 5:30 PM with a bulldozer line.Numerous agencies responded to assist with the wildfire, including DNR Forestry, U.S. ForestService, Leech Lake Department of Resources Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, andConservation Corps of MN. In addition, eight fire departments provided structure protectionincluding Cass Lake, Bemidji, Lakeport, Hackensack, Walker, Backus, Blackduck and Solway.The Cass County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office, LeechLake Tribal Police Department, Pike Bay Police Dept, and the MN State Patrol. Aerial supportincluded an aerial coordination unit, two CL215 water scooping aircraft and 2 helicopterswith water buckets, and several dozers and other tracked vehicles. The Salvation Army andLeech Lake Band of Ojibew assisted with food and refreshments at the Pike Bay Town Hall.Sheriff Tom Burch and MN DNR Incident Commander Greg Vollhaber reported that incidentcommunications were very effective. The ARMER 800MHZ radio system provided theconnection between multiple responding Federal, State, County and local agencies.The investigation revealed a juvenile male who was located in close proximity to the firescene and was taken into custody. Arson is suspected as the cause of the fire, however theinvestigation continues with the cooperation of the MN DNR Fire Investigation Teams.

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