BUCKMAN (AP) -- Two grass fires burned more than 1,000 acres east of Buckman in Morrison County before firefighters were able to bring them under control, an official with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said.
Numerous small fires kept crews busy while they fought the two larger fires Monday, said Ron Sanow, the DNR's area forest supervisor.
No injuries were reported and no buildings were lost, Sanow said.
The blazes were brought under control with the use of three state-contracted helicopters, 15 DNR firefighters, several fire departments and the eight-member staff of the regional DNR office in Little Falls, he said.
"It was a bit atypical," Sanow said. "The snow we got this winter, while it seemed like a fair amount, was really dry snow, so we're drier than normal."
Firefighting efforts have been slowed by ice-covered lakes, preventing use of the DNR's two CL-215 aircraft, which can scoop up 1,400 gallons of lake water in a single pass to drop on forest fires.
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