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40 Minn. Firefighters En Route To Battle Raging Co. Wildfire

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Forty Minnesota firefighters are on their way to Colorado to aide in the battle against the most destructive fire in the state’s history.

Since it flared up, the Black Forest Fire has killed two people, engulfed more than 350 homes and has consumed more than 15,700 acres. It was only five percent contained Thursday.

The Minnesota Incident Command System, which fights wildfires in Minnesota, announced that it sent two 20-person crews to Colorado Thursday morning.

Crew members are from the DNR, the Forest Service, the Park Service, thee Wildlife Service, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The command system said crews are on assignment for two weeks, generally.

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