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Electric power pole burned, fire was controlled burn near Litchfield, Minn.

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news Willmar, 56201
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

LITCHFIELD -- The Litchfield Fire Department and the Department of Natural Resources were called around 1:30 p.m. Thursday to contain a controlled burn that started an electrical pole on fire.

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According to Meeker County Sheriff Jeff Norlin, Logan Pautzke, 26, of Litchfield reported he was burning a 20-acre section of wetlands when the pole caught on fire. The fire department put out the fire on the pole, which sustained $3,000 to $4,000 in damage.

The fire was a controlled burn and there was a permit issued by the DNR to burn the 20-acre section in the northwest corner the intersection of 230th Street and State Highway 22, which is just south of Litchfield.

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