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

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