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A Minnesota Department of Natural Resources helicopter doused a weekend brush fire in Cottage Grove with approximately 10,000 gallons of water. Area fire crews battled the blaze for roughly five hours before extinguishing the flames. Submitted photo.

DNR helicopter called in to battle Cottage Grove brush fire

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Area fire crews needed assistance from a state Department of Natural Resources helicopter to quell a weekend grass fire on 3M property in Cottage Grove.

Crews from 3M, Cottage Grove, Newport, St. Paul Park and DNR fire departments battled the flames on 3M-owned land in southern Cottage Grove for nearly five hours last Saturday afternoon before extinguishing the blaze that officials estimated torched roughly 500 acres of grass and woodland area near the Mississippi River.

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