Fire burns 40 acres in Wadena County
The homeowner stated they were working in a garden that contained patches of overgrown grass and brush.
STAPLES — A wildfire spread through 40 acres of grasslands Monday, April 5, in Wadena County.
The Wadena County Sheriff’s Office received a report at 1:18 p.m. of a wildfire in section 13 of Thomastown Township, north of Staples.
Emergency personnel arrived 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 sheriff’s office reported. The homeowner tried containing the fire themselves before quickly realizing they needed the fire department.
Several Minnesota Department of Natural Resources aircraft and heavy equipment from a local contractor helped extinguish the fire. No structures were damaged or lost and no one was injured.
The Staples Fire Department also assisted in extinguishing the fire.