LE SUEUR, Minn. (AP) — Hot, windy weather is whipping up wildfires in southern Minnesota.

Five departments were called Friday afternoon to control a blaze that broke out in a cornfield seven miles east of Le Sueur.

Le Sueur County Director of Emergency Management Ann Traxler says the fire broke out near the Pioneer Power show grounds, where antique farm machinery is displayed. She says the fire did not damage the show grounds but did damage two small outbuildings at a farm.

Traxler says a separate fire also is under control in Lexington. That blaze was in a wooded area.

A house near Lake Crystal was destroyed by a fire that spread rapidly because of wind. The Free Press of Mankato reports the homeowners were awakened by smoke detectors and got out safely. The cause of that fire is under investigation.

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