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December 19, 2014

Minnesota fire crews head to dry western states

Minnesota is sending many of its firefighters and equipment to southwestern states plagued by prolonged dry conditions. The Duluth News Tribune reports most of Minnesota’s forested areas have seen above-normal rainfall.

Last summer was a much different story. Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of the Pagami Creek fire east of Ely. It was the state’s largest fire in 80 years or more — charring almost 100,000 acres of pristine forest.