BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. (WCCO) — Fire crews from several Twin Cities agencies spent most of Wednesday morning battling a grass fire in Brooklyn Center that burned about 50 acres.

The Brooklyn Park Fire Department received a report of the fire at about 9:30 a.m. near 73rd and Boone. The fire was in a set of wetlands east of the Timberland Buildings and west of County Road 81 off Interstate 94.

There were some businesses on the outer perimeter of the swampy area, but authorities said no businesses were threatened in the fire.

Crews said the fact that the fire was in a swamp proved to be a challenge.

“It’s a challenge for firefighters because you can only reach the fire to a certain point on foot. So they’ve contacted air support,” said Todd Milburn of the Brooklyn Park Police. “It’s a combination approach, really, to attack it from a number of different angles.”

Firefighters attacked the fire from above, using aircraft to drop water, which Brooklyn Park Fire Chief Ken Prillaman said stopped the fire from spreading.

“Without the air drop we probably would have lost another 50 acres. That land stretches to 694,” he said.

No injuries have been reported.

Because of our warm, dry spring, burning restrictions are currently in place for much of Minnesota until the vegetation turns green.

According to the Department of Natural Resources, there have been about three times more grass fires in Minnesota than average for this time of year (325 total, compared to 104), with nearly twice as many acres burned. About 7,250 acres have burned this season so far.

“We have a tremendous amount of dry fuel and until it greens up, gets moisture in it we’ve got a very heavy fire load,” said Chief Prillaman. “Be care about extinguishing cigarettes or campfires anywhere near this kind of brush because it’s very dry, and there is a lot of it.”

DNR fire crews on scene estimate the fire is 95 percent out and they will return Thursday morning to make sure the remaining hot spots are out.

“Already this year we have been responding to fires since the beginning of February. Then, there was a little respite with snow, and March we were right back at it, like winter never happened,” said Zack Rethlake, who led the fire response from the DNR.

Included in the assistance were the following agencies: Maple Grove, Plymouth, Osseo, Fridley, Anoka Champlin, Brooklyn Center, Dayton, West Metro, Rogers, Robbinsdale, Golden Valley, Salvation Army, State Patrol and the BNSF Railroad.

The Brooklyn Park Police and Fire Investigators have questioned three juveniles who were in the area just before the fire began but according to Prillaman, the cause of the fire is not known and is still under investigation.

Comments (18)
  1. Another fire says:

    I wonder what’s burning in Oadkdale then??

  2. Dena Brunette says:

    Don’t you mean Wednesday Morning….I think there is a typo in this News Story

    1. Giggles says:

      There is a typo.. and this was interesting.. this fire is right behind my school!

  3. Research says:

    Don’t throw cigarettes out of the window. Besides, the roads are littered with endless butts.

    1. Jill says:

      I know there are shtrays are in vehicles. USE THEM PEOPLE!!!!

      1. Ranger says:

        My new vehicle did NOT come with an ashtray. I’m not going to quit smoking and will not put them out on the floor of my car. So Jill, buck up!

    2. Giggles says:

      it wasnt people throwing cigarettes out the window!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3. caregiver says:


  4. Darren says:

    I could see it from Plymouth.

    Thanks to all of the volunteer firefighters for being there!

  5. Alberta Clipper says:

    I could see it from a twelfth-floor office downtown Minneapolis. Freaky.

    I’m sad it’s not actually Thursday today, but yeah, typo.

  6. Ranger says:

    Well, my vehicle which I bought new…did NOT come with an ashtray. I”m not going to quit smoking and I’m not putting them out on the floor of my car. So buck up soldier!

  7. daphne says:

    @ Ranger:

    Bet your lungs are as black as your heart.

  8. Fire bug. says:

    Brooklyn Dark just got darker – go figure. heh

  9. dontwory22 says:

    WOW wcco had gone down hill real fast

    1. Pumphandle says:

      So they improved? You’re implying they had gone downhill, are you saying they improved? “has” might be a better word donk savant.

  10. Bernie says:

    Crooklyn dark has 50 acres to burn? I thought it was all section 8 apartments there.

  11. Kevin says:

    Why put it out? Any day you can torch 50+ acres in Brooklyn Dark……is a good day…….!!!!!!!!!!!!

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Watch & Listen LIVE