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Firefighters and DNR fight grass fire in the woods

Brainerd firefighter Kurt Doree sprays water on a grass fire south of Brainerd W

A spark from a permitted burn appeared to have started a grass fire behind a residence Wednesday on the 8100 block of Crow Wing County Road 123, just south of Brainerd.

Brainerd Fire Chief Kevin Stunek said as firefighters were traveling to the scene of the grass fire, they saw a plume of smoke above the tree line, so they called in for more resources.

Once on scene, Brainerd firefighters and DNR foresters had to make their way through the heavily wooded area and brush to get to the fire. They attacked the fire from the back side of the houses along County Road 123, as well as from the back side of the houses on the 8100 block of Buffalo Creek Road.

Stunek said they called for an airplane to help extinguish the fire, but firefighters and foresters were able to get the fire contained and extinguished it on their own. About three acres burned.

Brainerd fire had two engines, two tankers and their grass rig at the scene, along with 14 firefighters. There were three DNR foresters on scene. The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office assisted with traffic.

The fire was reported at 1:43 p.m.

Stunek said even though the burning restrictions have been lifted, residents still need to be careful when burning because it still is dry. He said the homeowner was careful and he had a burning permit, it just happened to get away from him.

Anyone who has questions before they burn can call the Brainerd Fire Department at 8298-2312.

JENNIFER STOCKINGER may be reached at or 855-5851. Follow on Twitter at