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Grass fire leads to warning about burning

For the second day in a row, Rochester firefighters responded to a grass fire on Tuesday, leaving the department to caution residents about outdoors burning amid dry conditions caused by a lack of snowfall.

The Tuesday fire was reported at 5:15 p.m. in the 4000 block of 60th Avenue Southwest. Outdoor burning by a homeowner spread to a nearby field, starting tall grasses on fire, according to Assistant Fire Marshall Larry Mueller.

Firefighters were at the scene until the fire was extinguished at around 6 p.m.

The fire came after another grass fire on Monday in southeast Rochester between Cub Foods and the Eagles Club. Grass fires are typically rare for January in Rochester.

The Rochester Fire Department is asking residents to not burn items outside in windy conditions until the city receives significant precipitation, whether it's snow or rain, Mueller said.

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