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Forum staff reports, Published May 13 2013

VIDEO: Clay sheriff reminds residents about burning ban today after morning grass fire

MOORHEAD – After a grass fire threatened a house this morning south of Moorhead, Sheriff Bill Bergquist reminds Clay County residents that all burning permits that have been issued are not valid today because of high winds and dry conditions.

The fire was reported at about 9 a.m. at 8088 Highway 75 S.

Firefighters extinguished the grass fire in the yard before it reached the house.

Bergquist said the burning permits most likely will be extended.

Several grass fires in Clay County made for a busy Sunday afternoon for the Hawley and Barnesville fire departments.

Both departments battled and extinguished a grass fire near Highway 34 east of Barnesville, as well as a separate fire south of Barnesville near the Wilkin County line on Highway 9, according to Sgt. Brian Norberg.

Earlier in the day, the Hawley Fire Department had responded to and extinguished a grass fire in rural Hawley, Norberg said.

No injuries were reported and no property was damaged as a result of the fires, said Stacey Riedberger with the Hawley Fire Department.

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DNR burning permits information: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/forestry/fire/firerating_restrictions.html