Minnesota DNR officials confirmed this morning that the North County Road 7 Fire, 15 miles northwest of Greenbush in Roseau County, is 90 percent contained. The fire is currently in the mop-up and monitoring phase after burning through approximately 3,800 acres of marsh grass, lowland brush and scattered aspen. No structures were threatened or injuries reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
A cold front moved into the state bringing rain, clouds and cooler temperatures, aiding firefighters in suppression efforts. The Greenbush, Karlstad, Lancaster and Lake Belson Fire Departments were part of the initial attack efforts when the fire started on Sunday, April 29 at approximately 2000. A combination of fire crews on the ground and in the air worked together for nearly 24 hours.
Today, MNICS agencies report 453 wildfires for 5,191 acres burned. Total wildfire acres in all of 2017 amounted to 5,328 acres. Before spring ‘green up’ occurs, burning of outdoor yard waste or debris is restricted due to fire danger. Currently, 30 Minnesota counties have burning restrictions in effect (Davis Forst video and photos).