Grass Fire Burns 100+ Acres

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(KNSI) - A grass fire that burned 167 acres and destroyed a building near the St. Cloud prison is under investigation.

The fire started around 2 p.m. on Sunday south of Minnesota Boulevard and east of 20th Avenue SE, on fields that are part of the Graystone Nordic Ski Complex.

The last fire crew left the scene around 9:30 p.m.

An abandoned outbuilding owned by the prison was destroyed.

Fire crews from several area departments including St. Cloud, Waite Park, Sartell, Sauk Rapids, St. Augusta, and the Department of Natural Resources responded to battle the fire which spread with the help of very high winds.

St. Cloud Fire Department Battalion Chief Jerry Raymond says it was one of largest grass fires he could remember in St. Cloud.

He says rain Monday and Tuesday will give the area a day or two of relief from grass fires but the danger won't pass until the green up happens and he's not sure when that will be.

A Red Flag Warning was in effect on Sunday for dangerous fire weather conditions due to high winds and low humidity.

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