The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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May 16, 2013

Firefighters continue to work NW Minn. wildfire

MENAHGA — Lighter winds are expected to help firefighters working to contain a wildfire that has consumed 7,100 acres in northwestern Minnesota.

Department of Natural Resources spokesman Jeff Edmonds says the fire that has destroyed a dozen homes and 43 other structures remains 25 percent contained today.

Edmonds says easterly winds of 5 mph should keep the Green Valley fire in check. The blaze started on private land during windy weather Tuesday afternoon near Menahga.

Crews have built a bulldozer line around most of the fire perimeter and have attacked hot spots with water-dropping planes and helicopters. Firefighters from more than 40 departments across the region were working on the ground.

Edmonds says the highly-trained Midewin Interagency Hotshot Crew will be on the ground Thursday.

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