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Forum staff reports, Published August 21 2012

Crews fight brush fire north of Greenbush

GRAND FORKS – Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and rural fire crews worked late into the night Tuesday to contain a brush fire that broke out north of Greenbush, Minn., in the early afternoon.

The fire has consumed about 400 acres so far, but all nearby homes and structures were saved, according to Dan Carroll, a DNR fire-team leader.

“We’re going to be working this fire for a considerable amount of time,” he said.

In all, about 50 firefighters were on the ground at 9 p.m. Tuesday night.

“The rural fire departments did an excellent job responding to it,” Carroll said. The crews will be back today to continue fighting the fire, he said.

Motorists should be careful when traveling near the area as smoke from the fire may cause visibility problems, he said.

The fire broke out near the location of a large grass fire in October, he said.

That fire burned more than 30,000 acres of land before being contained.