MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Approximately 1,400 acres have been burned and two structures charred in a wildfire that started in northern Minnesota 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.
During the day Sunday, 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. It’s located south and southwest from Nimrod.
As of Monday morning, the fire destroyed a mobile home used as a hunting shack and gutted an attached garage on a residence. However, police say no injuries have been reported.
Strong, gusty winds expected Monday will make suppression efforts more difficult.
Authorities say these are their Monday plans:
“Holding the fire within the dozed fire breaks will be the task of the day. Mop up all smokes within 150 feet of the perimeter breaks and 100 percent suppression of all peat soils found to be burning within the perimeter.
The National Guard has been activated to assist with the fire suppression efforts and are supplying two Black Hawk helicopters to the incident. These helicopters have 660 gallon bucket capacity. They will arrive mid morning today.”
There are no permanent closures or evacuations currently in place, authorities said.
The picture above was tweeted to WCCO by Mindy Cowell. She said it was taken ten miles north of Verndale, which is near Nimrod.