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Parts of Ely, Minn. ordered to evacuate due to wildfires

Published 05/17/2012, Forum Communications

Crews this afternoon are battling a fast-moving forest fire just outside Ely that apparently started when a vehicle drove over a downed power line. Eyewitnesses in Ely said flames could be seen from the city and smoke was enveloping the town. Parts of Ely south of White Street and east of 12th Avenue East have been ordered to evacuate by Ely Mayor Roger Skraba. Power is out to part of town, including part of Ely.

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