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MN Governor Signs Emergency Fire Assistance Order

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Governor Mark Dayton has signed an emergency order to help the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center fight wildfires around the state.

Twenty-five wildfires have broken out due to the hot, dry weather. 

In northern Minnesota, a wildfire has grown to more than 9 square miles west of Lower Red Lake.

Beltrami County Emergency Management Director Beryl Wernberg says rain Tuesday morning has helped make that fire more controllable.

The emergency order allows for military help in fighting the fires.

Wadena County Fire said that there were mandatory evacuations of residents in a four-mile stretch from north of Menagha to the Hubbard County line, but that doesn't include the town of Menagha.

The Minnesota Incident Command System website says that the fire, referred to as the Green Valley Fire was about 6 miles in length and 3/4 of a mile in diameter.

The site said that the fire has threatened several structures and that some were lost.

There is no confirmation about what type of structures those were or how many there were.

A source from the Wadena County Fire Department said that they don't believe any homes have been lost to the fire in that area.

The nursing home and assisted living center residents have been moved to the Sebeka Middle School in Sebeka.

The two fires near Red Lake burned actively throughout Tuesday, but the small amount of rain earlier in the day kept the Buffalo Ranch Fire from spreading.

The total acreage of that fire was reduced to 4,900 acres. The National Guard provided support on the River Road Fire with a Blackhawk helicopter and a Chinook helicopter.


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