Multiple fires in the area


Brush pile on fire at the transfer station

On Monday, May 3, at 6:02 p.m., the Wadena Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a brush fire at the Wadena County Solid Waste Transfer Station.

Upon arrival, units found a brush pile fully engulfed in flames. It was not near any structures. Firefighters extinguished the fire and with the assistance of the Solid Waste supervisor, they were able to pull apart the pile with a loader tractor.

The fire was determined to have started from smoldering embers from a control burn that was done on the pile approximately a week ago. It rekindled with the wind, low humidity and warm temperatures along with additional waste piled on the brush pile.

The pile was approximately 10 feet by 10 feet in size.

The Wadena Fire Department responded with 10 firefighters and four apparatus trucks. Fire personnel was on the scene for less than one hour.


Shop fire in Sebeka

On Friday, May 7, at 2:07 p.m., the Wadena Fire Department was dispatched for automatic mutual aid for the Sebeka Fire Department for a shop fire in Rockwood Township, rural Sebeka.

Upon the arrival of the Sebeka Fire Department, they had advised that the building was fully engulfed and there were propane tanks, fuel cans and some equipment inside.

Units arrived and began fire suppression to extinguish the fire. Firefighters were on the scene for approximately two hours. The Wadena Fire Department responded with six apparatus trucks and 16 firefighters.

The incident is under the investigation of the Sebeka Fire Department for determination of cause and origin.

Also assisting on the scene were the Menahga Fire Department, Sebeka Police Department, Wadena County Sheriff’s Office, Wadena County Drone Team, and Tri-County Health Care EMS.


Minor damage resulting from a garbage fire

On Sunday, May 9, at 3:13 p.m., the Wadena Fire Department responded to a report of a house fire in the 1100 block of Southeast Second Street in the city of Wadena.

Upon arrival, units observed a small fire outside the structure that was started inside a garbage can by the house that caught part of the side of the house on fire.

Damage was done to the stucco siding and two doors. Units were on scene for less than one hour.

The fire was ruled unintentional and caused by unknown combustion inside the garbage can.

Also assisting the Wadena Fire Department was the Verndale Fire Department, Tri-County Health Care EMS, Wadena Police Department, and Wadena Light & Water.


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