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Published December 12, 2011, 06:43 PM

Area fire crews battling rare December grass fires

Argusville, ND (WDAY TV) - How bizarre is our winter? Fire crews are still battling grass fires in the middle of December.

How bizarre is our winter? Fire crews are still battling grass fires in the middle of December.

These are the smoldering remains of a quonset hut and barn on the Bergman farm between Arthur and Argusville. A farmer was burning off some grass in the ditch Sunday afternoon; the wind picked up and pushed the fire into the shelter belt. Firefighters put that fire out, but then it rekindled Sunday night. Our dry weather has kept local fire departments busy this month

Scott Kroeger – President Arthur Fire Department: “I've been involved in the fire department for 30 some years and I don't think I've ever fought a grass fire in December.”

Firefighter worked for 3 hours to contain the fire to the two buildings.

Scott Kroeger: “We had to work hard to keep it from taking another building that fire started on the roof but we were able to save it.”

Until we get some snow cover, the risk of grass fires will remain high. About 50 firefighters from 5 different departments worked to put out that fire.

Fire also destroyed a home 7 miles south of Barnesville. Nothing remains of the Nelson home. The Wilkin County Sheriff says there was a pellet stove in the house, and the homeowner put out a small fire in the leaves and grass near the chimney. That fire caused smoke to fill the home, and the owner left to spend the night somewhere else.

The sheriff thinks there was likely a fire smoldering in the wall they ended up engulfing the home. Neighbors who saw the house on fire in the early morning called it in to the fire department.

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