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Crews Battle Fire Near Sawyer

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The first lightning strikes of the spring ignited a grass fire this afternoon near Sawyer.

The fire started over the hill from the Hildre residence northwest of Sawyer and brisk northwest winds blew the flames right toward some out buildings.

Luckily, the fire died out in this area before it could damage any buildings.

But it kept burning the dry grass in pastures and hilly areas.

Firefighters from Sawyer, Velva, and Minot Rural were on the ground, using water and beating flames with tools in some cases, trying to control the fire.

Minot Rural Fire Chief Rex Weltikol says even with the moist subsoil, the spring has been dry and fires are likely.

(Rex Weltikol, Minot Rural Fire Chief) "It's hitting harder than I thought it was going to considering all the moisture. It's dry on top so it's going to be a busy year."

The fire is out as of now - and there are no reports of damage.

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