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Firefighters get massive wildfire in northwest Minnesota under control

The wildfire exploded overnight Sunday into Monday.
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The largest wildfire in Minnesota in three years is now 90 percent contained after two days fighting hot air and blowing embers in Roseau County.

"The North County Road 7 Fire is at 90 percent containment this morning," Christi Powers of the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center said in a text to BMTN.

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The fire started near Juneberry Township, about 15 miles northwest of Greenbush, Minnesota, on Sunday during high danger fire conditions that were created by warm, dry, windy weather. 

It was believed at one point Monday that the blaze had grown from 2,300 acres to 5,800 acres in the span of 24 hours, but the high end total has been revised down to 4,000 acres. 

"Firefighters are patrolling for hot spots and starting to do mop up around the fire perimeter," Powers added. 

No damage to property has been reported and it remains unclear what started the fire. 

On Monday, Powers told BMTN that it is the largest wildfire in Minnesota since the Skibo Fire in northeast Minnesota burned 980 acres in 2016.

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