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NW Minnesota Devastated

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Life after the flames. The 7,100 acre wildfire has left some people with nothing but ashes.

It has been an ongoing fight since Tuesday afternoon when hundreds were called in to battle fire, and hundreds more have been forced from their homes.

At least a dozen homes and about 40 outbuildings have burned down, and the fire is still not contained. Valley News Team's Jennifer Titus spoke with people living in the area, who are devastated by the loss.  

Smoke is still smoldering at this home that was burnt to the ground more than 24 hours ago. All that is left is a little bit of the foundation, and the scene is much of the same on many streets in Becker and Wadena Counties.

"I knew it was gone what do you do."

James Bettine, Jr. says his father's truck shop that stood along this county road for 30 years was  burnt to the ground in a matter of minutes

"I told my dad but my mom is sick so we have more to worry about. I hope you get better mom."

Sandra Oelshlager's home was located just down the street.

"Devastating," Sandra comments. "We expected more but this is what we got, we got each other, we got out just in time."

Oelshlager says her and her mom had just arrived home from the cities when they say flames moving through the trees nearby.

"We just made it to the driveway and the fire was already taken over are property."

Now she says they are left with nothing.

"It's been a tough year. I lost my dad this May, my cat in March, now I have lost my home. Devastating."

Kari Tomperi she says her home is still standing, but her cabin located just feet from her property destroyed.

"I was scary and I am just emotional thinking about how close it came."

With planes in the air and crews working to control the fire that is still burning, many families are now left picking up the ashes.

"At least we have each other. I don't know if I am going to rebuild, I don't want to look at all the dead trees."

If you live in the area around the Green Valley fire and have questions, a wildfire hotline is now open: 218-564-1301.

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