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Published October 01, 2012, 06:14 PM

Firefighters warn about grassfires after recent dry weather

Casselton, ND (WDAY TV) - Area firefighters want to caution people living across the Valley about the effects extremely dry weather is having on area fires.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Casselton, ND (WDAY TV) - Area firefighters want to caution people living across the Valley about the effects extremely dry weather is having on area fires.

A grass fire near Casselton broke out around noon, another reminder of how quickly flames can spread with high winds and no rainfall.

The grass fire began just before noon about 10 miles west of Casselton along I-94.

Casselton fire crews say flames started from landscaping gone wrong, as workers were trimming back growth in the ditch.

Tim McLean, Casselton Fire Chief: “When he was mowing it the slip clutch slipped on the mower and caused it to overheat and started the grass on top of the mower on fire which spread with the wind to the ditch.”

Hot, dry, and windy conditions are increasing the chance of grass and wild fires all over the region, causing them to start quickly and spread within seconds.

This blaze is one of many burning land all over North Dakota and Minnesota within months, mainly because of a lack of rainfall.

And when that pairs up with strong winds, the damage today is a clear picture of how land can instantly turn to ash.

McLean: “We could use some rain. We've been out on several combine fires; several grass fires in the last month, month and a half.”

Luckily crews extinguished the flames before serious damage could happen.

Fire crews say one main cause they've seen lately is improperly disposed cigarettes along highways.

They want to make sure drivers are extra careful.

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