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Grass fire closes portion of highway near Merrill

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MERRILL (WAOW) - The Merrill Fire Department says a grass fire closed a portion of state Highway 107 near Merrill late Tuesday afternoon.

Capt. Bob Akey said the fire burned about one acre just outside of Merrill near Council Grounds State Park and may have started from a controlled burn done Monday that was rekindled by Tuesday's winds.

"We were fortunate it didn't hop the road to taller grass," Akey said.

The fire broke out in very windy conditions on a day when the state Department of Natural Resources declared a high or very high fire danger in many central Wisconsin counties as summer-like conditions engulfed the area.

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