Grass fire burns 15 acres in Andover park

Fire crews from Andover and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) spent about an hour on Sunday afternoon (April 1) putting out a grass fire that ultimately burned about 15 acres of Kelsey Round Lake Park, according to Andover Fire Chief Dan Winkel.

A resident on a riding lawn mower apparently got too close to some tall weeds on the edge of their property, and the hot exhaust must have started the fire, Winkel said. Firefighters were called to an area near 152nd Avenue and Round Lake Boulevard at about 2:30 p.m.

The DNR sent a couple of trucks and a helicopter, which was based at the Anoka County-Blaine Airport, to fight the fire. Winkel said the wind was blowing the fire in the direction of a couple of homes near the park, but the fire was not close enough to damage these homes. Damage was restricted to a swampy grass area and some trees.

Winkel said the Andover and DNR firefighters were also concerned about keeping the fire out of a grove of trees. They were able to stop the fire before it got into that area.

It took about an hour to put out the fire, but crews stayed on the scene for another hour to check for hot spots and clean up, Winkel said.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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