A grass fire was reported in Cambridge around 4:50 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2. The area burned was empty town home lots north of 16th Ave, just east of Tower Terrace Apartments, and was approximately 2.5 acres in size, according to Cambridge Fire Chief Sean Okerlund.
Okerlund said 10 firefighters responded, along with assistance from the DNR. Okerlund said the wind was from the south, and moved the fire quickly north across the tall dry grass. Cambridge Police and Isanti County deputies were positioned blocking the road to the north where all the smoke was crossing, and ready in the event homes needed to be evacuated. There weren’t any homes evacuated, and there weren’t any injuries reported. The fire department cleared the scene at 6 p.m.
Okerlund said he expects the DNR will soon issue a total fire ban to include recreational due to the extremely dry conditions and no rain in any significant amounts in the forecast. “We would like to ask the public to refrain from any open fires until we see some moisture or even snow,” Okerlund said. “If you’re in doubt, do not burn. If you have burning questions, please call the Cambridge Fire Department or the local DNR office. Remember you are responsible for the fires you light.”
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