DNR: Wildfire Burns 900 Acres In Northern Minn.

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A wildfire is still burning in northern Minnesota after it left 900 acres and one structure charred Sunday, authorities said.

Jean Goad, a DNR information officer, said the fire started near Nimrod, Minn., and burned grass, swampland and some conifer trees.

The Wadena County Sheriff’s Office said Lyons State Forest is burning. Police said the fire boundaries are:

County Road 9 on the north

County Road 7 on the south

County Road 26 on the west

and County Road 7 on the east.

The fire destroyed one structure, which may have been a home. However, police say no injuries have been reported.

Authorities have evacuated homes, although the number of people evacuated is not known.

Sunday’s strong winds have diminished, and this will help crews fight the fire.

But according to Goad, Monday’s weather forecast shows a change in wind direction. This change might spell trouble for crews. She also said the fire crossed County Road 9 in the north, causing concern for structures in the area.

During the day, three helicopters and three CL-215 water-scooping airplanes fought the fire with coordinated water drops. But as night fell, the water drops stopped.

At one point, the fire was three-miles wide, Goad said.

DNR ground crews and county firefighters are continuing to fight and monitor the flames.

The picture above was tweeted to WCCO by Mindy Cowell. She said it was taken ten miles north of Verndale, which is near Nimrod.

  • Tianna

    this fire was right across the street from me. what i am wondering is who started the fire and why it was started in the first place considering there was a red flag for fire today.

    • Valerie Knosalla

      Someone had a car fire

  • chris

    we have a cabin up the just south of ct rd 9 and the sherriff said it was a car fire

  • jason

    does any body know about by wahoo valle, is it still there?

    • Tyler

      Yes, wahoo is still there. its southwest of Wahoo still, but if the wind changes direction then it wont be there long.

  • Concerned

    My parents live on County Road 7 and are just south and west of the fire. I hope the wind change tomorrow doesn’t threaten them. What concerns me is their neighbor 1/4 mile away got a call to evacuate but they did not. I would hate for it to end up like Colorado when people lost lives because they weren’t contacted to evacuate…….

  • Robbie

    few of my friends were evacutaed that live right next to wahoo like a half a mile away i tried to talk to them but they havent answered it dosent sound good at all

    • Valerie

      wrong, I live by whaoo. its northwest, and its still 6 miles away. we were not told to leave

  • Concerned

    It sounds like it was north of Wahoo…

  • Areial

    Wahoo is still there I live a half milefrom the bar an we were evacuated but the fire last i heard was two miles from oylen

    • Concerned

      Do you know if any homes were lost?

      • Areial

        Only one that I know of so far. Right now its just mainly swamp land an feilds an trees that has been burned

        • Concerned

          That is so sad. I was afraid people would be losing their homes…We need some rain!!!

  • Robbie

    Yea im not sure i live in fargo now but my family lives south of staples but my wifes family lives 3 miles north of leader hope they will all be ok and it misses all them…

  • Scuba Steve

    I just got back from Nimrod today. It may be a friends house that burned. They are right on 26, 3 miles south of downtown Nimrod. I sure hope it’s not. :( From what I have heard, there are 3 houses that have burned. So sad! My sister is almost to family’s place in Nimrod. She’s going to report to me. I can post again what I hear.

    • Concerned

      That is so sad! I hope all your friends and family is ok. Let us know what you found out!

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  • Karin

    I have a cabin just south of Oylen, on the east side of the river. Has the fire crossed the river or do they think it may tomorrow?

    • Kevin

      Nobody cares about your cabin.

  • nick

    My prayer gos out to all firefighters and homeowners and people involed

  • Scuba Steve

    I just hear that our friends house did indeed get damaged. It’s on 26, about 3 miles south of downtown Nimrod.
    Right on the hwy, on the west side of the road. Bad smoke and fire damage inside. The house is still there though. They’ll see what insurance company says. Sounds like no injuries at all anywhere so far thank god.

    • tontoj

      seen one house was burned some it was the first house on he left side of 26 coming from cr 9 going north

  • Scuba Steve

    That would be them. :(

  • nyk

    i heard that it was set from some one four wheeling in their truck and the hot exhaust caught the grass on fire hope it doesnt make it to white dog camp ground i go camping there all the time

    • northern minnesota

      someone out fourwheeling in a jeep, got stuck in swamp. The vehicle then blew up causing fire.

  • tontoj

    heard its in or close to oylen not sure if its true tho

  • northern minnesota

    As of 8 am. fire still burning. I heard someones garage burnt. Someones trailer house used as a hunting shack was also burnt.

  • Oh boy

    I saw a black dude toss a cig or joint out the car window yesterday ….hmmmmmmmmmmmm

    • Sue Henry

      Not funny.
      Grow up, this is serious and lives and homeland are important.

    • Oh boy to you

      get a life. That was not the cause.

    • @OH BOY

      What an idiot you are!

  • Becki Jacobson

    My mom was from Oylen and mt dad was from Leader. Have lots of relatives in that area. Hope everyone is ok!

  • dawn r

    copy and paste the following link for pictures from the fire taken last night.


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