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Kittson County grass fires extinguished

The five separate grass fires that burned Friday in Kittson County, Minn., were extinguished early Saturday morning with the help of almost 100 firefighters and law enforcement officials.

The five separate grass fires that burned Friday in Kittson County, Minn., were extinguished early Saturday morning with the help of almost 100 firefighters and law enforcement officials.

The grass fires, initially reported around 11:30 a.m. Friday, spread quickly through the dry grassland. And even though the fires were strictly in the Lake Bronson and Karlstad fire districts, nine different fire departments were called on to help battle the blazes.

"It's very hard to orchestrate multiple fire fights at once," said Karlstad Fire Chief Jeremy Folland. The fires were finally out by about 1 a.m. Saturday.

"We were very fortunate that no one was injured as far as I know," Folland said. "We lost one cabin and a few out buildings, but we did not lose any occupied structures."

"The number one safety is safety to self," Folland said. "Property comes second."

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After the fires were out, the investigation on how and where they started was under way.

"As far as I know, we have an approximate determination on where the fires started, but how they started is a different matter," said Folland. "I think some of them will be declared as accidents but some of them might not."

Officials at the Kittson County Sheriff's Office said determining who started fires like that is very difficult.

Reach Rude at (701) 787-6754, (800) 477-6572, ext. 754; or arude@gfherald.com .

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