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Wind continues to be a problem in Boundary Waters wildfire fight

Strong winds over the weekend made the airborne efforts unsafe. While windy weather is in the forecast for the next few days, rain showers and potential snow flurries will help put a damper on the remaining fires.
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Strong winds over the weekend made the airborne efforts unsafe. While windy weather is in the forecast for the next few days, rain showers and potential snow flurries will help put a damper on the remaining fires.

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