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Minnesota woman cited for starting grass fire while making maple syrup

Wednesday, April 7th 2021, 1:40 pm - Burn restrictions remain in place in the area.

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Photo of the fire courtesy: Sterns County Fire Department.

A woman cooking maple syrup over an open outdoor flame started a grass fire near Albany, Minnesota over the weekend, prompting officials to issue a citation for burning during a ban, local media reports.

According to the Stearns County Sheriff's Department, officials were called to the fire at 12:41 p.m. Saturday by the person who started the fire.

Kasy Jensen, 41, said the flames were quickly headed toward neighbouring residences.

Jensen had been attempting to cook maple syrup when high winds carried the flames onto a nearby swamp, which she was unable to extinguish with a hose.

Officials successfully contained and extinguished the fire.

Burning restrictions remain in place for the area.

VIDEO: HERE'S HOW FIRES CAN SPREAD SO QUICKLY

GRASS FIRE RISKS

Grass fires can spark quickly and spread fast, moving up to 25 kilometres per hour if the conditions are right.

Grass fire prevention tips, according to the City of Victoria, B.C., include:

  • Properly discarding cigarette butts and making sure they are fully extinguished before leaving them unattended. Never throw a lit cigarette out of a car window.
  • Discarding glass jars and bottles in recycling or garbage bins only.
  • Avoiding driving a vehicle or ATV through long grass mulch. Do not park on grass or mulch.
  • Keeping bark mulch moist.
  • Being extra cautious during dry and hot weather. This is especially important on windy days.
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