Firefighters in Minnesota and Wisconsin are battling several wildfires Wednesday that are taking over towns and destroying structures. As of Tuesday night, at least 25 wildfires had broken out in Minnesota Some of the biggest are in Red Lake, Park Rapids, Menagha and across the border in Wisconsin.
Crews from the Minnesota National Guard are helping to suppress a wildfire near the northwestern Minnesota town of Menahga. Army Maj. Bruce A. Kraemer says 22 soldiers are on active duty Wednesday to help fight the fire, including air crews and support teams.
Authorities say crews are battling at least two wild fires that started in northern Minnesota late Monday night. As of about 9 p.m. Monday, there were two grass fires about 1,200 acres in size that are burning on the Red Lake Reservation west of Highway 89 and north of Highway 1 in Beltrami County.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources added four more counties to an already growing list that are under burning restrictions as temperatures get warmer and winds pick up around the state.
Firefighters are still working to extinguish hot spots in that wildfire in northeastern Minnesota, but have allowed residents back into their homes.