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Grass fire extinguished this morning near Lake Florida, west of Spicer

Joe Caskey, a firefighter with of the New London Fire Department, douses a small fire Tuesday morning along Kandiyohi County Road 5 near the Lake Andrew town hall Tribune photo by Carolyn Lange

SPICER -- The New London Fire Department responded to small grass fire this morning in the ditch along Kandiyohi County Road 4 near Lake Florida.

The fire burned a small stretch of grass that was quickly put out by firefighters.

It's unknown how the fire started, but the lack of rain and tall, dry grass in ditches and fields has put all of west central Minnesota in the "very high" fire risk category, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Sparks from off-road recreational vehicles or burning cigarettes thrown from vehicles could potentially start fires.

According to the DNR, there is a risk for fires starting very easily and spreading at a very fast rate.

"Fires start easily from all causes, spread rapidly and intensify quickly," according to the DNR website "Spot fires are a constant danger. Fires burning in heavy fuels may quickly develop high-intensity characteristics, such as long-distance spotting and fire whirlwinds," according to the DNR.

Meanwhile, people in the area should be aware that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is intending to conduct a controlled burn today near Lake Florida. The area includes about 20 acres of wildlife land that's surrounded by farm fields.

For more information about the fire danger in Minnesota, go to the DNR website:

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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