Updated: Combine fire starts grass fire out by Youth Athletic Complex


15331847_BG1At approximately 5 p.m. July 29, the Elk River Fire Department was dispatched to the 10300 block of 165th Avenue in Elk River for a combine on fire in a field.

Upon arrival to Cargill’s Animal Nutrition Innovation Campus, fire crews encountered a fully-involved combine and a grass fire starting on the site as a result.

Firefighters had to cut through a barbed-wire fence to get at the fire, which ultimately burned up about three-fourths of an acre before it was extinguished, according to Elk River Fire Chief John Cunningham.

The fire was contained to the site, which is adjacent to the Youth Athletic Complex, 9850 165th Ave.

Cunningham reported there were no injuries in the fire, and the Ramsey Fire Department was called in to assist.