'Jeep Fire' completely contained, DNR saysby Tim Post, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — A fire that burned 1,600 acres of forest and grassland in north central Minnesota is now completely contained, said the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
The fire broke out on Sunday 40 miles northwest of Brainerd near Lyons State Forest.
Firefighters will remain vigilant over the next several days to make sure winds don't whip up the fire again, said Ron Sanow of the DNR.
"We'll be diligent for a couple more days yet but at this point we're feeling pretty confident," Sanow said.
"Now when we start talking about 30 miles per hour gusty, swirling winds, there's a possibility — it's an outside possibility but a possibility — that we could have a spark carried upwards to a quarter-mile that could start a fire," he said.
Investigators refer to the blaze as the "Jeep Fire" because they think it was started by a vehicle.
The fire spread quickly, threatening the small town of Nimrod Sunday night and forcing the evacuation of several homes. Within a day, firefighters had the blaze mostly under control. But it continued to burn in a swampy area.
The fire burned five buildings, including a home, a hunting shack and several outbuildings. No injuries have been reported.