ALBANY, Minn. — A woman cooking maple syrup over an outdoor fire Saturday, April 3, near Albany resulted in a grass fire that spread to a neighboring field and swamp.
The incident was reported at 12:41 p.m. when a caller said the pasture was on fire and was moving quickly toward neighboring houses, according to a news release from the Stearns County Sheriff's Office.
Kasy Jensen, 41, of Albany, had a fire going in a fire pit while cooking maple syrup and winds caused the fire to move to a neighboring field and swamp. She was unable to extinguish the fire with a water hose that she had nearby, according to the report.
Two area fire departments were called to extinguish the blaze and Jensen was issued a citation for burning during a burning ban. No nearby homes were damaged, according to the release.