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Controlled MnDOT ditch burn gets out of control

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By Reed Anfinson
As farmers near Danvers harvested their crops Oct. 17, they noticed something that was hard to believe considering - a Minnesota Department of Transportation crew started burning a ditch on the south side of U.S. Highway 12.
Swift County was in a severe drought and the National Weather Service had issued multiple Red Flag Warnings for southwestern Minnesota due strong winds and low humidity.
By 8 a.m. Oct, 17, the wind was gusting to 18 mph out of north and by mid-morning it was gusting to 24 mph. In the afternoon, the gusts would reach 26 mph with winds steady at more than 15 mph.
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