City of Red Wing

Red Wing Fire Department Responds to a Grass Fire

Friday, April 6 2012 12:00 AM

For Immediate Release:                                                                     

Red Wing Fire Department Responds to a Grass Fire

On April 5th at 15:15, the Red Wing Fire Department received a call reporting a grass fire near Camp Pearson Road on  the Cannon Valley Trail.

Firefighter/paramedics were on the scene within 10 minutes of receiving the call to find a large wild land fire close to the Cannon Valley Trail.

Red Wing fire personnel found an area encompassing 40 acres to be burning; most of the terrain involved was wetland. Because of a lack of road access, the fire could only be attacked on foot with fire fighters utilizing water filled vests
and hand tools. No structures were threatened.

16 Red Wing fire fighters worked for 4 hours to contain the fire. Miesville Fire Dept. was also on scene offering additional apparatus and personnel. No fire fighters were injured.

"This was a tough fire involving a lot of hand work. In an area this large, it takes a coordinated attack to contain the fire and to ensure that nobody gets hurt."

Red Wing fire left several smoldering trees that may burn some time. The material left burning is in an area where fire spread or rekindle is unlikely.

The cause of the fire or the point of origin is unknown.

The mission of the Red Wing Fire Department is to enhance the safety and security of the community by providing cost effective protection of life and property, through fire prevention, public education, fire suppression and emergency medical care.


Scott Danielson, Fire Captain

Red Wing Fire Department