Grass Fire Spreads, Keeps Multiple Fire Crews Busy

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DULUTH, Minn. – Dry conditions helped to spark a grass fire in the Rice Lake and Howard Gnesen townships.

More than ten fire departments were called to battle the growing blaze Saturday afternoon.

The call came in just after 1:30p.m. for a grass fire near the intersection of Howard Gnesen and Lismore roads.

The fire spread to more than five acres.

In the path of the fire were two out-buildings, one of which authorities said was the old Rice Lake Town Hall.

While multiple people were evacuated for safety concerns, no one was injured.

“See how the wind is blowing from the southwest – it blew over this way and started another fire over here. The helicopter spotted it they were able to put that out right away and save that house right there,” explained Sgt. Todd Abernethy with St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities said the fire may have ignited from an outside burn barrel where a homeowner was burning cardboard. 

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