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Authorities Suspect Cass Co. Wildfire was Intentionally Set, Juvenile in Custody

Updated: 05/29/2014 10:44 PM
Created: 05/29/2014 9:38 PM WDIO.com

CASS LAKE, Minn. (AP) - Authorities suspect a wildfire in Cass County that caused an evacuation and a heavy firefighting response was intentionally set.

The sheriff's department says ten homes were evacuated Wednesday afternoon when the fast-moving fire burned about 76 acres near Cass Lake. Some abandoned outbuildings were destroyed, but no one was hurt.

Sheriff Tom Burch says a juvenile male near the fire was taken into custody because arson is suspected as the cause of the blaze.

Two airplanes and two helicopters dumped water on the wildfire while bulldozer operators and firefighters worked below to contain it. Federal, state and local agencies were on the scene of the fire, which was contained by 5:30 p.m., about four hours after it started.

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Fire Weather Watch

MN AREAS AFFECTED: Carlton, South St. Louis; Central St. Louis; Crow Wing; North Cass; North Itasca; North St. Louis; Northern Aitkin; Northern Cook, Northern Lake; Pine; South Aitkin; South Cass; South Itasca; Southern Cook, North Shore; Southern Lake, North Shore
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