Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Aircraft called in to fight Minnesota grass fire

 BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. (WTW) — Fire crews from several communities battled for several hours to snuff a large grass fire in Brooklyn Park.

The fire began late Wednesday morning and soon filled the sky with thick, black smoke. It blackened 50 to 60 acres.

KARE-TV reports ( the leading edge of the blaze advanced to within 500 to 1,000 feet of buildings in an area filled with warehouses and businesses. The flames stopped just yards from a First Student school bus yard and a large storage facility, among other buildings.

The fire was hard for firefighters to access. They called in water-scooping helicopters and airplanes from the Department of Natural Resources and the State Patrol.

There's no word yet on what sparked the blaze, but conditions continue to be extremely dry across much of Minnesota.

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