- Associated Press - Monday, May 8, 2017

INDEPENDENCE, Minn. (AP) - A highway west of the Twin Cities has reopened following a 50-acre brush fire that was hazardous to travelers.

KSTP-TV (https://bit.ly/2pcvDvz ) reports firefighters from nine agencies spent the night keeping a close watch on the smoldering fire in a swamp filled with cattails and brush northwest of Maple Plain.

Fire Chief Justin McCoy says crews are stationed around the perimeter of the swap. A Minnesota Department of Natural Resources helicopter was on standby to drop water on the fire if needed.

The fire earlier closed Highway 12.

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Information from: KSTP-TV, https://www.kstp.com


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