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Published April 03, 2012, 10:18 PM

Fire crews save home threatened by fire in Richland County

Kindred, ND (WDAY TV) -Weather conditions are ripe for grass fires, and they broke out today across the area. Grass fires were spotted near Kindred and Erie, North Dakota, plus one between Lake Park and Detroit Lakes.

Weather conditions are ripe for grass fires, and they broke out today across the area. Grass fires were spotted near Kindred and Erie, North Dakota, plus one between Lake Park and Detroit Lakes.

Blustery winds and very dry conditions proved to be a recipe for disaster for a controlled burn in Northern Richland County. The burn got out of control around 12 this afternoon and crews have been battling the blaze all day, including tremendous efforts to save one family's home.

Stacy Flaten – Almost Lost Home in Fire: “I got a phone call while I was at work saying there was a fire coming for my house.”

It's a phone call Stacy Flaten never expected, and she had one thing on her mind.

Stacy Flaten: “Try getting everything out of the house or saving what I can.”

As the fire crept within a football field of her home southwest of Kindred, neighbors sprang into action.

Brett Lambrecht – Richland County Emergency Manager: “Luckily we had a bulldozer in the area working on some trees and some farmers came over and helped. Also quick response from fire departments on both ends to save it from spreading to the local house here.”

Stacy Flaten: “Thank goodness for all this equipment around for helping save it.”

The home was saved, but more than one hundred acres of land was not. Fire crews from eight different agencies and the Forestry Service arrived on scene to help contain the blaze.

Crews were forced to start a back burn so the fire wouldn't hop Highway 18. After that, it was about containment and letting the fire burn itself off in the sleuth.

Brett Lambrecht: “We'll just keep controlling it and highway 18 should stop it for us here.”

Lambrecht says he expects crews to be on scene until at least midnight tonight. When all is said and done, he expects a total of about 150 acres of scorched earth.

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