Fire Burns For Over 2 Weeks 18 Nov 11

A fire in a peat slough south of Glencoe was extinguished earlier this week, after burning for over 2 weeks. The fire was apparently started by a pickup truck on October 30th, and initially burned about 20 acres of land. Hot spots in the peat continued to burn and re-ignite, however, and the Glencoe and New Auburn Fire Departments both put in about 50 hours fighting the fire over the past 2 weeks. The Plato and Arlington Fire Departments provided assistance as well. The DNR also helped put out the fire by using piercing nozzles to put out burning root balls underground. The area was then tilled to further extinguish the fire. Authorities say that a total of 63 acres burned. No one was injured.