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Dry conditions cause fires

NEAR HAYFIELD, Minn. (KTTC) -- Dry and windy weather conditions helped spark a number of brush fires in southern Minnesota Wednesday afternoon.

It took firefighters 45-minutes to control A fire at a farm near Hayfield. The farmer told us he's not sure what sparked the fire but he lost a half an acre of beans.

A Hayfield firefighter harvesting crops in a nearby field was first on scene and says luckily the farmer knew what to do.

"The farmer ran home and got his tractor and started digging up the dirt so it did help out quite a bit," said Hayfield Firefighter, Paul O'Brien.

Red flag fire-warnings and burn restrictions are posted for the rest of this week. Mower and Dodge counties have fire bans in place, restricting all fires, even recreational bonfires.

In Olmsted and Fillmore counties however, you can still have a small bonfire - but no large brush or scrap fires - even with a permit. Otherwise, you face being fined.

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