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Chippewa Fire District battles grass fire in Wheaton


Chippewa County (WQOW) - Even with the fire ban lifted, Chippewa fire crews are reminding everyone conditions are still dry. Emergency crews spent part of their evening battling a grass fire in Chippewa County on Saturday.

A homeowner in the Town of Wheaton thought he put out a fire he had started in burn pit around 2 p.m. When he returned home a couple hours later, the fire had rekindled and spread. No one was injured. It took about 20 firefighters just under two hours to extinguish the grass fire. The Chippewa Fire District says current weather conditions are dry and grass fires can start easily.

"Even though we removed the fire ban last night at about ten o'clock, it serves as a reminder that the woods and the surrounding fields are still pretty dry. Even though we've had rain, we haven't had a lot. So it's something to remember if you're going to burn, leave it for two, three, four, five minutes, it can get away from you," says Chippewa Fire District Deputy Chief, John Anderson.

The fire burned less than an acre of land.  Firefighters say, because it was an accident, the person at fault won't receive a ticket. 

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