Weather Forecast

Planes have been brought in to help douse flames with water. Jean Ruzicka / Forum News Service

Fire in Park Rapids area burns structures, forces evacuations

Email News Alerts

As the Rev. Jim Neubauer stood outside St. John’s Lutheran Church here, he watched the raging wildfire billow smoke into the air, looking for slight changes in the smoke’s color.


A deputy told him the shifting colors were a sign of the fire’s damage.

“He said the sad thing is when you see the smoke color change, it’s probably another house (burning),” Neubauer said. “You could see the smoke change every once in a while.”

Are you a newspaper subscriber but you don't have a Digital Access account yet?

You will need your subscription account number and phone number. Not sure if you have an account? Email us at and we can help you.

Forum News Service
The Forum Communications News Service is the premier news wire service covering the Upper Midwest, stretching from the oilfields of western North Dakota to the plains of South Dakota and to the shores of eastern Minnesota. For more information about the services we offer or to discuss content subscriptions, please contact us.