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Large wildfire erupts and is 'moving quickly' in northern Minnesota

The fire was detected around 3 p.m. Sunday.
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An aerial view of the fire Sunday evening. 

A large wildfire has erupted in northern Minnesota's Superior National Forest. 

According to the U.S. Forest Service, the wildfire was spotted around 3 p.m. Sunday on the Laurentian Ranger District, just north of Greenwood Lake, or approximately 15 miles southwest of Isabella, Minnesota. 

"The current size is unknown and estimated to be a couple hundred acres and moving quickly," the U.S. Forest Service said around 6:15 p.m. Sunday, noting that an aircraft was tracking the fire to determine the full scope of its size. 

The fire is moving to the north-northeast, according to the forest service. 

At 7:55 p.m. the U.S. Forest Service commented on Facebook that they are "hearing that it continues to grow but haven't heard anything on official acreage yet." 

Air and ground firefighting is underway with the assistance of county and state resources.  

KBJR reports that authorities have asked people to avoid the area, and for anyone near the fire to evacuate. 

"Smoke will likely be visible in the area," the forest service said. 

The fire is burning in an area where fire conditions were "near perfect" on Sunday, according to the NWS Duluth. 

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This is a developing story. 

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