10 acres burns in Nisswa, homes saved
NISSWA — A grass fire that ignited in a heavily wooded area Thursday — threatening several Nisswa homes — burned 10 acres of land, but firefighters were able to stop the fire from reaching the homes.
The fire was reported just before 4 p.m. in an area off Crow Wing County Road 13, near Colleen Drive.
Nisswa Fire Chief Richard Geike said upon arrival there was plenty of smoke and flames.
“It was a scramble in the beginning,” Geike said as there were a lot of homes that surrounded the fire. “We had to call in more resources to surround the perimeter. We needed more water ... we used a lot of water. “We were able to protect the homes ... We were in good shape.”
Geike said the woods were “really thick” and it was hard to get through. About 20-25 firefighters responded, along with Pequot Lakes and Mission fire departments, North Memorial Ambulance and the DNR. A helicopter was called to assist, but canceled.
One Pequot Lakes firefighter suffered minor injuries during the fire, and was treated at the scene.
“We’re not sure what the cause of the fire is yet,” said Geike, as he was driving around the perimeter checking the status of the grass fire. “It’s contained now, but we got a lot hot spots. The DNR will keep us around for awhile. There is some heavy timber burning.”