Weather Forecast


Grass fires break out across the county

Multiple grass fires have been reported around Otter Tail County in the last week.

One fire took place the evening of April 30 near Windy Hill Trail at West Leaf Lake, north of Henning. Two standing trees reportedly caught fire. Another was reported at Beaver Dam Road, east of Dent near Highway 108.

Six more grass fires occurred on May 3. They were reported: near the junction of Highways 16 and 5, north of Clitherall; along Highway 17 near Vergas; at a hay field along Highway 67, near New York Mills; 12 miles south of Battle Lake near Highways 81 and 38; close to Highway 14 near Richville; and at Highway 35 and Norway Pine Road near Dalton.

Another three fires started on May 5. These were reported: northwest of Perham at the junction of Highways 10 and 228; Olson Road north of Erhard and south of Pelican Rapids; and near the junctions of Highways 8 and 19, east of Sebeka near the Wadena County line.

All fires were contained by local fire departments.

Tom Hintgen, Otter Tail County Correspondent