Firefighters remind people to be careful burning after large grass fire

Firefighters are reminding people to be careful burning after a large grass fire.

The Chippewa Fire District says it was called to a grass and woods fire in the 4,000 block of County Highway K in the Town of Lafayette. Crews found four to five acres on fire. Due to the low humidity and southeast winds, firefighters say the fire grew to a total of 15-20 acres.

The department says all four stations of the Chippewa Fire District responded. Due to the nature of the fire and terrain, mutual aid was requested from the Cadott, Anson and Township Fire Departments. Also assisting were two heavy units from the Augusta and Cornell Ranger Stations of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. All units cleared the scene at 10:30 p.m. The fire was caused by a resident doing a “broadcast burn” which got out of control.

The Chippewa Fire District and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources remind people to be careful burning and keep abreast of changing fire conditions. If the fire danger is high, please refrain from burning. Fire Danger in your county can be checked on a daily basis by checking the WDNR website.

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