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Crews gain ground against NW Minnesota wildfire

MENAHGA, Minn. (FOX 47) - Firefighters are getting the upper hand on a wildfire that's destroyed several structures near the northwestern Minnesota town of Menahga.

Jean Goad, spokeswoman for the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center, says crews are off to a good start toward containing the Green Valley Fire. They've built a bulldozer line around most of the fire perimeter and are attacking hot spots with water-dropping planes and helicopters, and with crews on the ground.

Officials have raised the size estimate to 7,100 acres. But Goad says that's based on better data, not new growth in the fire, which has burned a path about eight miles long and 1.5 miles wide since it started Tuesday.

Highway 71 has been reopened between Menahga and Park Rapids, but officials warn that the smoke is still obscuring visibility.

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