National Guard joins fight against wildfire in north-central Minnesota

Two Blackhawk helicopters and support crew are assisting firefighters trying to squelch a wildfire that has now spread across more than 1,400 acres near Nimrod.
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Two Blackhawk helicopters and support crew are assisting firefighters trying to squelch a wildfire that has now spread across more than 1,400 acres near Nimrod.

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