Windy, dry conditions cause 2 wildfires near Bemidji

March 24—BEMIDJI — Two wildfires broke out near Bemidji Friday afternoon due to high winds and drought in the area.

According to a statement from Bemidji Fire Chief Justin Sherwood, at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 22, the Bemidji Fire Department and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources responded to a report of a large fire. forest 12 miles north of Bemidji on Birchmont. Beach Road in Turtle River Township.

“Prior to our arrival, firefighters were notified that a barn was fully involved in the fire,” Sherwood said.

Upon arrival, firefighters found a large wind-driven wildfire and a barn-type structure fully involved in the fire. Several vehicles were also found to be on fire and two other residential structures were threatened by fire, according to the release.

Firefighters pulled a 2 1/2 inch hand line and immediately extinguished the barn fire. As additional crews arrived, firefighters were assigned structure protection and fire suppression duties throughout the scene.

Firefighters were on scene for approximately three hours, with 36 firefighters and 14 pieces of equipment. The barn structure and its contents are a total loss.

No injuries were reported. The fire remains under investigation but appears to be accidental, Sherwood said.

Immediately after finishing the Birchmont Beach Road fire, at 4:30 p.m., firefighters responded to a wildfire 9 miles east of Bemidji on Elliot Road in Frohn Township.

Upon arrival, firefighters discovered a wildfire that had spread to several items, including a trailer and a temporary structure, the release said.

Firefighters pulled a 1 3/4-inch hand line and immediately began suppression efforts, protecting a nearby structure. As additional crews arrived, two more 1 3/4-inch hand attack lines were pulled in and assisted in extinguishing the fire.

Firefighters remained on scene for approximately an hour, with 31 firefighters and 11 pieces of equipment.

The structure,…

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