SARTELL - Nearly 40 area community fire departments and numerous agencies are being praised for their efforts in the wake of the Verso mill explosion.

At Thursday's news conference, officials released a complete list of those who've pitched in to fight the blaze.

FIRE DEPARTMENTS:
-- Rice
-- Clear Lake
--
Becker
-- Clearwater
-- St. Augusta
-- Waite Park
-- NE Sherburne
-- St. Joseph
-- Avon
-- Big Lake
-- St. Stephen
-- Foley
-- Rockville
-- Cold Spring
-- Zimmerman-Livonia
-- St. Cloud
-- Sauk Rapids
-- Buffalo
-- Centennial Lakes
-- Elk River
-- Andover
-- Forest Lake
-- Monticello
-- Annandale
-- Wright Co.
-- Baldwin
-- Watertown
-- Delano
-- Maple Lake
-- St. Michael
-- Kimball
-- Montrose
-- St. Louis Park
-- Eden Prairie
-- Alexandria
-- Holdingford
-- Morris
-- Clara City
--Albany
--Albertville
-- Alexandria
-- Ashby
-- Bowlus
-- Brainerd
-- Brandon
-- Brooton
-- Cloquet
-- East Bethel
-- Eden Prairie
-- Elbow Lake
-- Garfield
-- Hanover
-- Isanti
-- Kensington
-- Melrose
-- Miltona
-- Minnetonka
-- New London
-- Paynesville
-- Pine City
-- Prior Lake
-- Richmond
-- Royalton
-- Sauk Centre
-- Spring Lake Park - Blaine - Moundsview
-- Willmar

LAW ENFORCEMENT:
-- Sartell
-- Sauk Rapids
-- St. Joseph
-- Waite Park
-- Stearns County Sheriff's Office
-- Benton County Sheriff's Office
-- MN State Patrol

OTHER AGENCIES:
--
Stearns County Emergency Management
-- Benton County emergency Management
-- Red Cross
-- Gold Cross Ambulance
-- MN Chief's FAST Team
-- St. Cloud IT
-- Stearns County MIS