Control burn at Crex spreads; consumes extra 600 acres
BURNETT COUNTY - A Department of Natural Resources prescribed burn used to restore wildlife habitat in Crex Meadows Wildlife Area spread beyond planned containment lines Tuesday, Oct. 1, about 1:30 p.m.
The fire's forward progress was stopped about 7 p.m. by DNR crews with Minnesota air mutual aide. Crews continued to work throughout the night and mop up work continued today, Wednesday, Oct. 2.
The prescribed burn was 505 acres, but burned about an additional 600 acres on state land north of Grantsburg.
No structures were damaged and no one was injured. The fire burned grass, marsh and limited upland forest, including jack pine.
Two CL 215 planes from Minnesota were used to contain the wildfire as was 10 heavy ground units, a helicopter from Sandstone, Minn. and Wisconsin Air Patrol resources. WInd conditions contributed to how fast the fire spread.
Planes gathered water from Yellow Lake to help fight the fire. - Gary King with information from DNR