Even as the National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for fire danger yesterday, the Lancaster Fire Department was at the scene of a wildfire in Northwest Kittson County.
With multiple fire departments joining the fight, the Clow Township Fire burned through some 1,500 acres, threatening structures, with the Kittson County Ambulance Service on standby Tuesday afternoon.
The fire spread over two miles and jumped a gravel road – burning north toward the Canadian Border, driven by high winds, low humidity and summer-like temperatures. Fire fighters on the ground got support from overhead, with the Department of Natural Resources dispatching Air Tankers and Heli-tankers along with aerial water bombers out of Kenora, Ontario, using Lake Bronson as a water resource.
Lancaster Fire Fighters yesterday urged the public not to do anything that could spark a fire outdoors as the Department of Natural Resources continues to rate fire danger in the listening area as extreme; no burning allowed.
From the Lancaster Fire Department; “Keep your matches and lighters in your pockets and put your cigarette out in the ashtray. ONLY YOU CAN PREVENT WILD FIRES!!!”