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Brian Ehnert uses a front end loader to break up a burning hay bale in a field northeast of New York Mills.

Wind fuels Homestead Township grass fire

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A fire burned about five acres and 10 hay bales last Thursday in Homestead Township. No structures were damaged in the fire, which was likely started accidently by a discarded cigarette.

New York Mills firefighters responded to the call about noon at the Darlan Koehler farm northeast of New York Mills to find the landowner and neighbors trying to stop the fire from spreading to nearby fields.

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