DNR Concerned About House Fires and Dry Conditions
In the early hours of Thursday morning, flames and smoke filled the crack of dawn in Brooklyn Park.
The homeowners, Brian and Jessica Clein say they woke up to popping and cracking and saw orange coming from the back of their house. They grabbed their six-month-old and ran out the house, they didn't even have shoes on.
Neighbors rushed to help.
"His house was just gone. It seemed like in a minute or two," neighbor Chad Deeley said.
All the Clein's could do is watch as everything they owned went up in smoke. But the fire that consumed their home tried to take their neighbors homes as well. With embers drifting away because of gusty winds, a brush fire started.
Even with a fall chill, brush fires are still a major concern with the Department of Natural Resources.
"You have a wheel bearing on a truck or trailer or something like that could throw a spark or hot metal off to the side of the road, it's very easy for a fire to get started at this point," Don Mueller of the DNR said.
Mueller says with really dry fuels and the wind driving it, if anything gets started it's really going to go.