Minnesota fire that burned 1,600 acres now contained

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Apr 12, 2012 at 4:20 pm

NIMROD, Minn. (AP) - A fire that burned 1,600 acres of forest and grassland in north-central Minnesota is now completely contained.

The fire broke out Sunday near the town of Nimrod, about 40 miles northwest of Brainerd.

Ron Sanow of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources tells Minnesota Public Radio firefighters will remain vigilant over the next several days to make sure winds don't whip up the fire again.

Investigators refer to the blaze as the "Jeep Fire'' because they think it was started by a vehicle. 

The fire burned five buildings - including a home, a hunting shack and several outbuildings - and prompted a temporary evacuation of nearby residences. No injuries have been reported.

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