Woman cooking maple syrup starts Stearns County grass fire

Carolyn Lange, West Central Tribune, Willmar, Minn.
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Apr. 6—ALBANY — A woman cooking maple syrup over an outdoor fire Saturday near Albany resulted in a grass fire that spread to a neighboring field and swamp.

According to a news release from the Stearns County Sheriff's Office, two area fire departments were called to extinguish the blaze and the woman was issued a citation for burning during a burning ban.

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The incident was reported at 12:41 p.m. Saturday in the 20100 block of Stearns County Road 156 in Albany Township when a caller said the pasture behind the address was on fire and was moving quickly toward neighboring houses.

Albany Fire Department and Avon Fire Department were dispatched to the scene to contain the fire and nearby homes were not damaged.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Kasy Jensen, 41, of Albany, had a fire going in a fire pit while cooking maple syrup and winds caused the fire to move to a neighboring field and swamp. She was unable to extinguish the fire with a water hose that she had nearby, according to the report.