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Multiple Douglas County responders spend hours battling grass fire

Nearby homes were evacuated as a precaution.

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BRANDON — Several Douglas County emergency responders spent hours battling a grass fire that started along Interstate- 94 on Saturday, Oct. 22.

According to a report from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, at 1:22 p.m. a call came in about a grass fire burning through a ditch on the south end of Interstate- 94, east of Brandon.

Due to strong winds, the fire quickly spread into tall grass and cattails south of the interstate along County Road 7 NW and Pheasant Drive NW.

Brandon Fire Department was first to arrive on scene and soon called out for mutual aid to neighboring departments.

Responding agencies include fire departments from Brandon, Evansville, Garfield, Alexandria, and Kensington along with help from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the Minnesota State Patrol.

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources also assisted by the use of air support that dropped water on the blaze from two aircrafts.

Together, the responding agencies worked for several hours to contain the fire.

The report says no structures were damaged and no injuries were reported but nearby homes were evacuated as a precaution.

The cause of the fire was not mentioned in the report.

Thalen Zimmerman of Alexandria joined the Echo Press team as a full-time reporter in Aug. 2021, after graduating from Bemidji State University with a bachelor of science degree in mass communication in May of 2021.
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