Fire crews will begin transitioning out of the Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge as the Oxcart fire west of Mentor, Minn., nears full containment.
As of Friday, April 2, the grass fire first observed on Monday, March 29, was 95% contained, according to the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center. In total, the fire impacted 12,907 acres and cost an estimated $443,000. One person was reported injured, two structures were reported damaged and one structure was destroyed.
The fire has been determined to have been caused by humans, but no further information has been released yet.
Despite critical fire danger on Thursday, April 1, the fire did not grow on Thursday. On Friday, crews will continue monitoring the fire and patrolling the perimeter. An Incident Command Team that was brought in early this week to oversee firefighting operations handed control back to local agencies at 6 a.m. Friday.
A portion of U.S. Highway 2 was closed on Monday due to the fire, but since that day, there have been no road closures or evacuations due to the fire.
As near-critical fire danger persists into the weekend, MIFC spokesperson Leanne Langeberg urged people to do their part to stop grass fires.
"The next couple of days it's going to be warm, it's going to be dry, and it's going to be sunny," she said. "Really, fire prevention under these conditions is going to be critical to making sure that everyone is able to stay safe, so on these sunny, dry, warm, windy days, fire can rapidly take off from just one spark, so 'Don't burn,' is the message."