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Field fires keep firefighters busy

April 29, 2013
Estherville Daily News

Several area fire departments were kept busy during the weekend responding to field fires.

The Gruver Fire Department on Saturday responded to a field fire about a mile southwest of Dolliver. Gruver Fire Chief Dan Harvey said a property owner was burning some grass in a ditch when the fire got away and spread into some CRP land. The fire burned about 20 acres of land before it was brought under control. Firefighters were on scene for about 45 minutes.

Also on Saturday, the Armstrong Fire Department responded to a fire call northwest of Armstrong at 1421 540th Ave.

Armstrong Fire Chief Greg Buum said the property owner burned some rubbish a few day earlier and the fire had rekindled, setting a grove on fire. The fire was headed toward a fuel barrel and storage shed.

Buum said the property owner attempted to put out the fire himself before calling the fire department. When firefighters arrived on scene they were able to put out the fire almost immediately. The fire burned an area about 40 feet wide and 50 feet long. It was also caused some damage to the bottom of the storage shed. Firefighters were on scene for about 30 minutes.

Spirit Lake, Milford and Lake Park firefighters also responded to grass fires on Saturday.

Officials say the fire danger is elevated right now due to the amount of dead, dry vegetation. Anyone doing any open or controlled burning is urged to use extra caution to keep the fires from going out of control.



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