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Published October 07 2012

Wildfire continues burning near Red Lake

RED LAKE, Minn. – A wildfire is still burning near Red Lake in northern Minnesota, fire management officials said Sunday.

The North Minnie fire has burned more than 38 square miles. The fire, the largest of several burning in northwestern Minnesota, threatens private land, timber resources, a major power line and a few private hunting cabins in Beltrami Island State Forest.

Fire information officer Gill Knight told Minnesota Public Radio that the North Minnie fire is 30 percent contained.

“Priorities are to continue to establish a containment line around the fire and then work on those areas of peat,” Knight said. “If we don’t get in there and get moisture on the peat, it can actually sit there literally over the winter and then come back up again.”

Knight said 150 people are working on the fire. He said cold and snow have kept the fire from moving in the last couple of days.

Firefighters have a fire near Karlstad, which forced an evacuation of hundreds of people and destroyed 11 homes and two dozen other structures last week, about 90 percent contained.