The Owatonna Fire Department responded to a wildland fire in Deerfield Township shortly after 4 p.m. on Wednesday, November 2.

The Owatonna Fire department has recently released a statement explaining the details. They explain that Owatonna firefighters were dispatched for "reports of smoke in the 6800 block of 39th Street Northwest. Upon arrival, fire crews investigated for the source of the smoke and located the fire in a wooded area. Firefighters were able to contain the fire using grass rigs and hand tools and cleared the scene about three hours later."

While our firefighters prepare for this type of fire, we are reminding residents that Steele County is currently under burning restrictions,” said Ed Hoffman, Owatonna Fire Chief. “This means that no opening burning of brush or yard waste is permitted until the restrictions are lifted.

Burning restriction information is updated daily on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ website.

Approximately eight acres of land were burned before crews extinguished the flames. No firefighter injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

It is noted that the Owatonna Fire Department was assisted at the scene by the Waseca Fire Department, Medford Fire Department, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and Steele County Sheriff’s Office.

The Owatonna Fire Department statement shares that they maintain a state of readiness 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In addition to responding to emergencies, Owatonna firefighters also "conduct fire code inspections to help property owners eliminate unsafe conditions in their buildings. They also provide public education opportunities to the community throughout the year to prevent fires before they happen."

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