NIMROD — Fire crews made good progress on the Nimrod Jeep fire, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reported Wednesday.
Crews continue to work to extinguishing areas of burning peat and mopping up all remaining smoking areas within 150 feet of the fire perimeter. The DNR reported full containment of the fire was achieved Tuesday afternoon.
The Jeep fire was reported by the Nimrod lookout tower about 4 p.m. on Sunday and currently stands at 1,600 acres burned. It was named the Jeep fire for the vehicle that was near the source of the fire in the grassy area.
Five structures were burned including a mobile home being used as a hunting cabin, one permanent residence, and three outbuildings associated with the residence. No injuries to either the public or firefighters have been reported, reinforcing safety as the top priority.
DNR Forestry, Wadena Sheriff’s Department and fire departments from Sebeka, Verndale, Staples, Menahga and Wadena initially responded to the fire. These efforts were supported by a variety of air and ground resources. Two National Guard Black Hawk helicopters arrived on Monday. Mop up efforts will continue Wednesday, along with rehabilitation of dozer breaks. Approximately 90 personnel are working the fire.
Strong gusty winds, warm temperatures, low relative humidity, difficult access to portions of the fire, and heavy fuel loading hampered initial attack and early suppression efforts. Cooler temperatures and calmer winds on Tuesday helped firefighters achieve full containment. Weather predications beginning on Wednesday call for warming temperatures and dropping wind speeds. This will decrease the potential for spotting, though the probably of ignition, especially in grasses, will remain high, the DNR reported.