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Published May 18, 2012, 08:29 PM

Fire Near Ely 60 Percent Contained

ELY, Minn. (AP) — Crews now have the wildfire that threatened the popular northeastern Minnesota resort town of Ely 60 percent contained.

By: Associated Press,

ELY, Minn. (AP) — Crews now have the wildfire that threatened the popular northeastern Minnesota resort town of Ely 60 percent contained.

Fire information officer Jean Bergerson says firefighters plan to shift part of their effort to starting mop-up.

Bergerson says 200 firefighters were on the scene earlier Friday. She says some of the heavy bulldozers have been released as firefighters switch to light-track vehicles.

Another hot and windy day is forecast Saturday. Bergerson says rain isn't expected until late afternoon.

The fire has blackened 216 acres and burned three outbuildings — a shop, a storage building and a hunting shack. Seven homes remain under an evacuation order along Minnesota Highway 1.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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