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New Richmond firefighters head into the fire zone to battle the blaze.

Grass, pine fire threatens Somerset homes

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A large grass fire in a tinder-dry stand of pine trees in Somerset was being battled by firefighters Friday afternoon.

Dispatchers received a call of a small fire near the Somerset Elementary School at around noon.

The fire started on the northern edge of the school district's property. Because of the wind direction, the schools were never in any danger, according to District Administrator Randy Rosburg.

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