The Brainerd Fire Department is working with Brainerd Police following a rash of Dumpster fires during the weekend.
Brainerd Fire Chief Kevin Stunek said the fire department first responded to the Dumpster fires on Friday, and since has responded to nine such fires in sporadic locations around the city.
The first fire was reported at 2:14 p.m. Friday by the bike trail between Willow and Brook streets. Another fire was reported at 6:16 p.m. on the 200 block of South Sixth Street by Brainerd City Hall. Others came at 7:16 p.m. in downtown Brainerd, about 8 p.m. at the East Brainerd Mall, at 8:42 p.m. by Ace Hardware on James Street, at 8:49 p.m. at the SuperAmerica at North Fourth and Washington streets and at 9:05 p.m. at Front and Fifth streets. Two more Dumpster fires were reported Sunday with one at 4:27 p.m. on South Seventh Street and one about 5 p.m. at the Franklin Arts Center.