National Guard Called In To Aid In Fire In North Central MN

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 at 5:53 am

The Minnesota National Guard joined the fight Monday against a wildfire that has burned more than 1,400 acres of woods and brush near Nimrod in north-central Minnesota.

The Guard said it sent two Blackhawk helicopters and 12 soldiers from St. Paul and St. Cloud to help control the fire. Capt. Marc Rassler said in a statement released to the Associated Press that troops underwent water bucket refresher training last week at Camp Ripley. The Blackhawks carry buckets with 660-gallon capacities.

Commanders said the wildfire was 80 percent contained Monday. Property losses have been limited to an attached garage on a residence, and one mobile home used as a hunting shack that was destroyed. No injuries were reported. The cause of the blaze remained under investigation.

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