Nary Road fire burns 76 acres in Pike Bay Township 1 mile south of Cass Lake on May 28

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Forestry Division wildland fire crews, along with local city, county, federal, township and tribal agencies responded to a wildfire in Pike Bay Township in Cass County, approximately one mile southwest of Cass Lake, on May 28 after a Cass County Sheriff’s Officer received a report of the fire at approximately 1:30 p.m.

The fire, now controlled and being monitored, originated south of Nary Road approximately one-half mile west of Hwy. 371 in a pine forest containing a significant amount of blow down material.

Ten residences were evacuated along Nary Road (156th St. NW). Local fire department engines protected the residences in close proximity to the fire. No damage to these residences has been reported, although some abandoned outbuildings were burned. The fire was contained at approximately 5:30 p.m. with a bulldozer line.

DNR wildland fire crews, engines and bulldozers from Bemidji, Blackduck, Park Rapids, Backus and Warroad worked to extinguish the fire along with crews from the U.S. Forest Service, Leech Lake Department of Resources Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs and Conservation Corps of Minnesota. In addition, eight fire departments provided structure protection, including Cass Lake, Bemidji, Lakeport, Hackensack, Walker, Backus, Blackduck and Solway.

DNR aerial support included two DNR CL-215 water scooping aircraft from Bemidji and Brainerd and two DNR helicopters with water buckets from Bemidji and Hill City. Several private contract bulldozers and a tracked vehicle were also provided..

The Cass County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office, Leech Lake Tribal Police Department, Pike Bay Police Department and the Minnesota  State Patrol.

The Salvation Army and Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe provided food and refreshments at the Pike Bay Town Hall.

Arson is suspected as the cause of the fire. A juvenile male found in close proximity to the fire scene was taken into custody by the Cass County Sheriff’s Department. DNR Fire Investigation Teams, in cooperation with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, continue to investigate the cause of the fire.

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DNR lifts burning restrictions in all Minnesota counties May 23

Burning restrictions are lifted in all Minnesota counties on Friday, May 23, 2014 according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The DNR is lifting the restrictions due to decreased fire danger and green up moving northward.

Those seeking to burn, need to obtain a burning permit available through state and federal forestry offices, from local fire wardens, or online by paying a $5 fee per calendar year. All burning permits need to be activated on the day of the burn. See http://webapps1.dnr.state.mn.us/burning_permits/.

Because fire danger can change quickly, DNR foresters are able to turn off burning permits in individual counties whenever conditions warrant. This could occur if there is a dry, windy day where fires could start easily and burn quickly.

Please check the Fire Restrictions page on the DNR Website at: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/forestry/fire/firerating_restrictions.html for information on daily changes to burn permits.

Although the state burning restrictions are lifted, local areas, counties or municipalities may have specific regulations or restrictions that affect burning operations. Please check with local authorities to obtain proper permits before burning.

The DNR advises anyone doing burning to keep burn piles small, have a water supply nearby, and stay with the fire until it is completely out. If the fire escapes, the homeowner is responsible for the damage and suppression costs.

 

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