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Forum staff reports, Published April 11 2010

Dry weather stokes grass fires in Cass, Clay counties

Sunday’s dry weather once again kept fire crews busy with small grass fires in rural Cass and Clay counties.

Four fires were reported in rural Cass County, including a blaze that burned the outbuildings of a rural residence near Hunter, said Cpl. Shawn Getz of the Cass County Sheriff’s Office.

Often the fires were controlled burns that got out of hand, he said. “I’m sure a lot of people don’t think it’s so dry out there,” Getz added, noting rivers still are in minor flood stage.

Two fires were reported Sunday in rural Clay County.

One was a fire at 17764 70th Ave. N. near Glyndon, where some brush in a tree line caught fire, said Deputy Fawn Krosch of the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.

The landowner had the fire pretty well contained, and the Glyndon Fire Department finished the job, she said. The concern was to keep the fire from spreading to some conservation land.