UPDATE: Grass fire scorches several acres in the town of Troy
Firefighters from three departments were called to put out a grass fire that threatened a neighborhood in the town of Troy on Friday afternoon, March 16.
Hudson Fire Chief Jim Frye said the fire spread from a spot where one of the homeowners was burning cardboard.
The fire was pushed by a stiff westerly wind. Before it was extinguished, it scorched what the county dispatch center said was 27 acres of grassland along Townsvalley Road, next to the Sunset Valley subdivision. The subdivision is about a quarter- or half-mile south of Coulee Road.
The Hudson, River Falls and Lower St. Croix Valley (Lakeland), Minn., fire departments had the fire under control within half an hour, but not before some anxious moments for neighboring homeowners.
The grass burned up to the edge of the lawns at a couple of the Sunset Valley homes.
Firefighters were also concerned about the flames jumping from the west side to east side of Townsvalley Road.
Frye said shifting winds also created a dangerous situation for firefighters.
The town of Hudson has banned outdoor burning until the area receives rain and the vegetation turns green. Outdoor burning in the city of Hudson is prohibited year-round, except for in approved fire containers.
"I'm hoping we get these rain showers they are predicting," Frye said on Monday. "If it gets warm enough, things should green up. But people are going to have to be really careful until it does."
He said people should burn only when the air is still and put out the fire before leaving.