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FIRES

Three fires occurred in the Heartland Lakes area on Wednesday and a fourth fire on Thursday.
A fire in Badoura Township Wednesday morning is believed to have been caused by a piece of equipment being used to cut down trees in the area catching fire.
Traffic was diverted around Wadena as crews used Hwy 10 to deliver water and smoke filled Wadena. A tornado warning was in effect as the fire raged on.
A large fire in rural Nevis was put out with the help of air drops from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), along with ground work by the Nevis Fire Department, Eastern Hubbard County Fire District and DNR engines.

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A fire at the same farm on Christmas Eve 2020 caused the deaths of about 1,000 milking goats, 15 peacocks and a dog.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has further expanded the area subject to open burning restrictions as the wildfire season deepens and expands in northwestern Minnesota.
With Western states enduring a historic drought, some towns are rejecting fireworks as a wildfire risk, even though nearly all civic fireworks displays are safely monitored by firefighters.
The Minnesota DNR has responded to several small fires in recent days. Residents are advised to check the DNR website (www.dnr.state.mn.us/forestry/fire/firerating_restrictions.html) for updates on burning restrictions.
With above-normal fire activity expected in Canada, the region can expect smoky air this summer. But drought conditions in Minnesota have improved so the likelihood of major wildfires within the state is lower, according to a Minnesota Pollution Control Agency forecast released Tuesday, April 26.
“All the volunteers were great. All the neighbors came over to help or to offer help.”

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A house fire April 23 in Osage was a controlled burn.
Jason Brose, 45, was found dead of smoke inhalation after a house fire April 20 in Akeley.
Firefighters from the Eastern Hubbard County Fire District and the Nevis Fire Department responded to this house fire at 50 Pleasant Ave. SE in Akeley at 7:53 p.m. Wednesday, April 20. According to EHCFD assistant chief Billy Krotzer, they cleared the scene around 1 a.m. Thursday and returned later Thursday morning to spray water on an area that was smoldering. “I can’t really give any more info further than that at this time,” Krotzer said.

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