Smoke wafting into the sky Monday southwest of Brainerd and Baxter came from a controlled burn at Camp Ripley.
DNR Program Forester Mark Mortensen said the DNR's Brainerd office had several calls about the fire and the Brainerd Fire Department dispatched a truck to investigate a report of a fire in Baxter.
The Camp Ripley Department of Roads and Grounds started its range burns on March 29. Lt. Kenneth Toole, Camp Ripley public affairs officer, said the larger range burns that people will notice will continue for about a week, with smaller burns to follow for the next two weeks.
"We're very cautious with our bigger burns because debris can start to fly through the area and we're very cautious to not spread fire outside Camp Ripley as well," Toole said.
The staff at Camp Ripley apologized for the inconvenience, but said conducting the burns reduces the chance of uncontrollable wildfires.
The burns are completed every spring before Camp Ripley begins its summer annual training.
Individuals with concerns about the burns may contact the Camp Ripley Public Affairs office at (320) 616-3122.
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