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Published October 07, 2011, 09:29 PM

NW Minnesota Wildfire Triples in Size

NEAR GREENBUSH, MN (WDAZ-TV) - More than 90 firefighters are trying to contain the grass fire just west of Roseau, MN.

NEAR GREENBUSH, MN (WDAZ-TV) - More than 90 firefighters are trying to contain the grass fire just west of Roseau, MN.

It has nearly tripled in size and has now charred an estimated 30,000 acres.

The fire started two days ago and by Friday night, at least 120 firefighters are expected to be helping to control the blaze that still consumes more than two miles of land.

Ronald Sanow look3e across a field west of Roseau where firefighters have been battling a blaze that has burned thousands of acres of land.

"This is a large fire for northwest Minnesota, no question about it," Sanow, an incident planning team member, said.

The blaze is now being doused with water by nearly 100 firefighters and four helicopters, including two blackhawk helicopters dumping 600 gallons of water on the flames.

But there's still a lot of ground to cover.

"There's about two miles of line as of Friday morning, probably wasn't very secure. It's a flanking fire, not a fire being pushed by the wind but against or into the wind," Sanow said.

"We've got quite a few resources out there today. Track vehicles, dozers. We're getting three hand crews in today," incident commander Mike Aultman said.

Most of the fire is in the Roseau River Wild Life Management area and is not threatening any homes. But everything depends on the weather.

"It'll probably be a couple of days before there's any thoughts of containment. Now tomorrow is still supposed to be quite gusty. I believe and we're going to have to get through these two days before we can talk containment," Aultman said.

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