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Firefighters respond to grass fire by Upper South Long

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A Garrison firefighter battles a brush fire Monday, May 13, near Crust Road and Upper South Long Lake. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources also assisted in fighting the blaze. Conditions remain dry with burning restricted. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch Video2 / 2

Garrison firefighters smothered a small brushfire Monday, May 13, on the 10000 block of Bob Crust Road, just east of Upper South Long Lake.

The Garrison Fire Department received notification of a brush fire at roughly 6:50 p.m., Chief Bruce Breun said during a phone call. Brainerd Fire Department was first notified by mistake, he noted. Upon arriving at the scene at roughly 7:10 p.m., firefighters faced a small fire, no larger than 1 to 1.5 acres of wooded land along private property. The cause of the grass fire was unknown late Monday.

However, firefighters and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources agents were able to reach the scene quickly, Breun noted, and conditions were not favorable for a destructive fire. All said and done, it took about 20-30 minutes, he concluded, before the aftermath was handed over to DNR for clean up.

"Not too concerned. Not too fast moving. Just kinda a lazy burnout there. Wasn't really windy," Breun said. "It worked out good."

Grass fires continue to draw fire crews in the lakes area, as conditions are still favorable for the annual spring blazes. As of Monday, the DNR considered Cass, Crow Wing and Wadena counties to be in high fire danger, meaning fires start easily and spread at a fast rate. Burning across much of northwestern and central Minnesota was restricted to variance permits only.

Forecast rain showers should dampen fire danger Tuesday. The National Weather Service reported a 60% chance of precipitation, with showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5 p.m.

Gabriel Lagarde

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