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Fire crews 'retreat to areas of safety' as Greenwood Fire roars Monday

The fire is expected to jump another highway in northern Minnesota.
Greenwood Fire

After a weekend of successes keeping the Greenwood Fire in northern Minnesota from significantly growing, firefighters are having a difficult time Monday as the fire is again roaring in the Superior National Forest. 

In a 3 p.m. update Monday, the U.S. Forest Service announced that the massive wildfire "is expected to cross State Highway 1 near the intersection of Lake County Highway 2." 

"It has also moved to the northeast into the vicinity of McDougal Lake, requiring fire and structure protection crews to retreat to areas of safety," the forest service said. 

Evacuation orders have begun from Deep Lake Road to the east to Little Isabella Road, including the Mitiwan/Grouse/Kitigan Lake areas. Evacuees can receive help at the ice arena in Babbitt. 

News of the fire soon jumping Highway 1 comes just hours after the forest service said it was expecting "near critical fire weather" on Monday because of warmer temperatures and gusty winds. 

Fire activity over the weekend was kept at bay, holding around 8,860 acres. The extent of the fire's growth so far Monday is unknown. 

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