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Conditions Still Ripe for Fire, Area Fire Crews Have Busy Weekend

Conditions Still Ripe for Fire, Area Fire Crews Have Busy Weekend Click to Enlarge

LAKE PARK, MN--Another busy weekend for area fire crews. And to avoid a busy day today with our entire listening area in a "very high" fire danger zone fire officials urge people to hold off on the burning until the rain comes and the green up happens.

Lake Park Fire Chief Dave Coufal says the brush and grass are extremely volatile right now and urges people, whether they have a permit or not, to hold off for a few days until conditions change.

Sunday, numerous fires were handled in the Audubon and Lake Park areas alone. Fire crews were called out just before 12:30 pm on Nelson Road as a grass fire came close to two houses, officials believe it started from a flare from a permitted fire in the area on Saturday. Lake Park Fire Department nd DNR crews started their fire runs with the report of a small grass fire about an acre in size on 120th Avenue just before 1:15pm. Lake Park Fire Chief Dave Coufal (So-Full) says the cause of that fire was undermined.

Around 6:40pm, Lake Pake Fire was called to a structure fire at Rolling Acres Drive. Chief Coufal says it was originally a grass fire but when they arrived they found a structure burning which threatened a house and fuel tanks. He says the fire turned out to be started by an illegal burn barrel.

Coufal says the DNR will handle the illegal burn barrel case.

The Lake Park Chief says the fire department also continues to cool the grain bin, the site of 20,000 bushels of corn that started fire last week. He says the corn remains are charred and they turned the case over to the farmer to cut the bin open and deal with the remnents of corn.

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