Fires and More Fires
Carol McCarthy | Apr 30, 2018 AT 11:31 am
DETROIT LAKES, MN--Wind and a burning leaf pile is a dangerous combination especially this time of year with dead grass and dry conditions following the snow melt. Detroit Lakes Fire Department was called to the report of a fire Sunday morning on Richwood Road north of Detroit Lakes just before 9:00 am. Detroit Lakes Fire Chief Scott Flynn says a passerby noticed the fire and called 9-1-1 at 8:55am and when fire crews arrived the shed was fully engulfed.
Flynn says the shop on fire was a total loss but fire crews managed to contain the damage to just that building as a house and another shop were close by. No one was at home at the time of the fire. Flynn says there's nothing suspicious about the fire. He says it was more than likely started by a burn pile residents believed they had put out the day before.
It was a dicey situation for a while on Sunday for the fire crews as the windy conditions persisted throughout the day. (Detroit Lakes recorded a top wind gust of 43 miles per hour) Flynn says extra crews from neighboring communities and other agencies were called out to assist as the property with the burning shed is surrounded by a swamp where the fire could have quickly jumped with the wind situation.
Flynn says the fire was contained in a couple hours but they were on the scene for about five hours to make sure it was completely out. No reports of injuries. Detroit Lakes Fire Department was assisted by fire departments from Audubon, Callaway, Frazee, Minnesota DNR, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Detroit Lakes Police Department and the Becker County Sheriff's Office.
Chief Flynn says during this season prior to the green up if you are burning outside and you believe it is out, douse it and douse it again.
Fire crews were busy across Becker County Saturday and Sunday as number of wildfires were reported in Ogema, Frazee, Ponsford and White Earth areas.
Today fire danger is "very high" in Becker County according to the DNR's website. For more on conditions or burning restrictions go to the DNR's website: