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Grass fire spreads quickly

On Monday, April 5, at approximately 1:18 p.m., the Wadena County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a wildfire in Section 13 of Thomastown Township.

Emergency personnel arrived on the scene and began to extinguish the fire as it grew, due to the dry conditions. The homeowner stated they were working in a garden that contained patches of overgrown grass and brush.

The four-wheeler they were riding may have caused the grass to ignite when they moved it from one spot to the next. The homeowners tried to contain the fire themselves before quickly realizing that they needed the fire department.

The fire was contained to approximately 40 acres, with the help of several DNR aircraft and heavy equipment from a local contractor. No structures were damaged or lost and no one was injured.

The Wadena County Sheriff’s Office, Staples Fire Department, and the MN DNR Forestry responded to this incident.


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