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High winds cause wildfire north of Duluth to spread

A red flag warning has been issued for southwestern Minnesota.

More than 20 acres of trees and grass in northern Minnesota has been consumed by a wildfire since late Tuesday afternoon.

The fast-moving wildfire started near Lee Road in Ellsburg Township, which is about 46 miles north of Duluth in St. Louis County, Northland Firewire says.

High winds spread the fire, which threatened several homes, prompting evacuations, the Firewire says. No injuries were reported. 

Apparently, the fire started after a branch fell on a power line.

KBJR-6 says the fire was under control by around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday and was out shortly thereafter. About a dozen fire departments responded to the fire. 

In the past week, officials have several times issued red flag warnings for portions of Minnesota due to low humidity and strong winds, coupled with how dry it has been lately.

There is another red flag warning Wednesday for southwestern Minnesota. 

This type of warning, which is issued by the National Weather Service, means the area is experiencing critical weather conditions that are ideal for wildfire, and any spark could become a wildfire, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says. That's why people are asked not to burn anything. 

Much of southern Minnesota, as well as northwestern Minnesota, are at a high fire danger for Wednesday, according to the DNR's website.

The red flag warning expires at 7 p.m. 

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