DALBO, Minn. (WCCO) — Fire crews are responding to a large grass fire burning just to the southwest of the Dalbo Wildlife Management Area.

According to the Department of Natural Resources, the fire is about 50 acres in size and burning near County Road 16 and Tiger Street Northwest.

Crews from both the DNR as well as the Dalbo Fire Department are on the scene.

Firefighters were working on the ground Wednesday afternoon as all of the equipment that would be used to fight the fire from the air was put away for the season.

The DNR says no structures are currently threatened by the flames, but crews are working to make sure that the fire doesn’t spread to the nearby wildlife management area, which boasts a significant amount of marshy areas populated with cattails. The Dalbo Wildlife Management Area is roughly 3,000 acres in size.

According to the DNR, the state has had 12 wildfires in 2012 so far. The average by this time of year is just over half that.


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