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Wildfire scorches roadside near Two Inlets

A DNR forestry worker in a Bombardier J5 tracked vehicle sprays water on a smoldering log while a second forester cuts it with an axe during Monday’s wildfire operation near Two Inlets.1 / 2
Two Park Rapids firefighters spray water on burning trees and brush during a mutual aid wildfire operation with the Minnesota DNR Division of Forestry Monday off Becker County Road 127, just west of Two Inlets. (Photos by Robin Fish/Enterprise)2 / 2

Park Rapids Fire Department personnel responded Monday to a wildfire along Becker County Road 127, just west of Two Inlets.

The firefighters gave mutual aid to Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry workers who, according to Assistant Fire Chief Terry Long, have been spread thin lately.

The alarm was paged at 11:52 a.m. with units arriving on the scene approximately 15 minutes later. Responding were approximately 12 Park Rapids firefighters and four or five DNR forestry workers, with five fire apparatus and two forestry units.

No structures were threatened. A grassy area on the east side of the road was scorched, and fire swept through the underbrush of a wooded area extending approximately a quarter mile up the road.

Long estimated that personnel sprayed less than 1,000 gallons of water to extinguish the fire.

"We extinguished this fire fairly quickly and efficiently," he said. "It didn't go very far."

The scene was cleared a little after 1 p.m.

Long said the DNR is investigating the cause of the fire, but that there was no obvious cause at the time of the fire.

"Conditions are ripe for wildfires right now," he said. "This is the season when wildfires tend to be rampant."

Long added, "People should be cautious about outdoor burning. The winds and dry conditions are obviously hazardous. Any fire can get going quickly."

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