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Oxcart Fire west of Mentor, Minn., 90% contained

The fire was caused by humans, but further details have not been released.

A prairie fire pushes east toward Minnesota Highway 32, just south of U.S. Highway 2 near Mentor, Minn., Monday afternoon. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

The Oxcart Fire west of Mentor, Minn., is now 90% contained, according to the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center.

As of Thursday, April 1, the grass fire remains roughly the same size as it did on Wednesday at about 12,900 acres. The fire has been determined to be human-caused, but further details have not yet been released.

On Wednesday, firefighters made significant progress securing the fire's perimeter and extinguishing hot spots. They were assisted by calm weather and cooler temperatures.

Thursday brings critical fire danger conditions, and a Red Flag Warning is in effect until 10 p.m. Thursday. Fire crews will continue to work near Mentor, and drivers in the area are urged to exercise caution in the area as firefighters continue to patrol the area and cooling hotspots.

As of Thursday, two structures are reported damaged and one destroyed. One person has also been reported injured.


The total cost of the fire is estimated to be at $416,000, according to MIFC.

On Thursday, 25 personnel from 16 cooperating federal, state and local agencies are combatting the fire with three fire engines, two track vehicles and a dozer.

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