Just a couple of weeks after the largest wildfire to scorch Minnesota in three years burned 4,000 acres of land southwest of Warroad, another fire was sparked on Tuesday that spread rapidly towards the Canadian border.
The Clow Fire burned 1,500 acres after it was spotted around 12:30 p.m., 10 miles northwest of Lancaster in extreme northwest Minnesota.
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It spread quickly thanks to high-danger wildfire conditions that were maximized by temperatures in the 80s, humidity lower than 15 percent and wind gusts close to 40 mph, according to the Minnesota Incident Command System.
Within hours it was a half-mile-wide fire crossing into Manitoba, before aerial suppression efforts got it under control.
One structure, believed to be a cabin, was destroyed.
Fire conditions were extreme – the highest level – in northern Minnesota at the time of the fire, with the National Weather Service having issued a red flag warnings.
Fire conditions will again be dangerous on Wednesday. Check the DNR's fire danger page to see conditions in your area of Minnesota.