Grass fire caught early in FL

Forest Lake firemen wrap up battling a grass fire just south of Highway 97 Monday afternoon. The fire burned about four acres. (Photo by Clint Riese)

Extremely dry conditions may keep crews busy


Clint Riese
News Editor

A grass fire burned about four acres just south of Highway 97 in Forest Lake on Monday, but it could have been much worse, according to Fire Chief Gary Sigfrinius.

“We got on it pretty quickly,” he said.

The department heard the report at 3:25 p.m. and responded to a field in the junction of 210th Street  and Ingersoll Avenue.

The blaze began when the remains of a campfire burned into peat, which then sparked onto surrounding grass and brush.

Sigfrinius said his department brought everything it had to the scene. A mutual aid call went out to the Scandia Fire Department, but the Forest Lake crew had the fire surrounded by the time the help arrived.

Considering the dry conditions, Sigfrinius said it is fortunate that this was the first wildland fire in the area this season.

“It’s extremely dry and there’s no rain that we can see here in the next week to 10 days,” he said. “…We could be active.”