Watertown Fire Rescue responded to a mutual aid request from the South Shore Fire Department shortly after 6pm last night. A controlled burn by a landowner had become out of control after high winds moved into the area after 6pm. The departments were able to get the fire under control quickly and then spent time putting out hot spots around the perimeter and in a tree grove. No injuries were reported and no homes or livestock were threatened as a result of the fire. They were on-scene for about 1 ½ hours.
Fire Departments in Deuel County also responded to two separate grass fires on Monday, the first reported at 7:30pm. The Gary Fire Department responded 4 miles east and two miles north of Gary to assist the Canby, Minnesota fire department with a wild land fire. In addition to Gary and Canby, the Marietta and Madison Fire Departments also responded. At 8:20pm, the Clear Lake and Goodwin Fire Departments responded to a wild land fire at the intersection of 180th Street and 472nd Avenue.
The Watertown Fire Department is reminding residents to check the short term and long-term forecast before starting a controlled burn and plan accordingly.