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Published October 09, 2011, 10:19 PM

Cooler and humid weather helps fight Minnesota wildfire

Roseau, MN (WDAZ TV) -- Firefighters are still trying to put out the wildfire just west of Roseau. But they're getting a little help from cool and humid weather.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

Roseau, MN (WDAZ TV) -- Firefighters are still trying to put out the wildfire just west of Roseau. But they're getting a little help from cool and humid weather.

The five day old blaze is 85 percent contained.

The fire was discovered last Wednesday. And after a week dousing the blaze by land and air. All but 15 percent of the fire is contained.

"That is where we stand right now. We are doing the routine hard work of plain old mop up," incident management team member Ronald Sanow said.

The fire, known as the Juneberry 3 fire, has scorched more than 47 square miles, mostly grasslands. The soft, boggy soil is making it hard to get to the hot spots.

"That entails finding all of the smoke out there. The first 100 feet in. Turning every log that has smoke on it. Putting water on, burying it with dirt," Sanow said.

It's not known what caused the fire, but last week's windy days spread it quickly.

Luckily, most of the fire was in a wildlife management area where there are few structures.

"Dry period in September, unusual warm days in September, and add with it a very unusual wind event that went on for four or five days," Sanow said.

More then 200 people on the incident management team are in Greenbush, where a command center helps coordinate the fight.

Roseau Fire Chief Jeff Ballard has four of his men here each day.

"And that is filling the track vehicles and other trucks full of water and keeping them going in the backpacks and the guys on the fire lines," Ballard said.

So far, there have been no injuries or damage to structures.

It's estimated that without rain, it will take the rest of this week to get to those remaining hot spots.

There has been no property damage, but the blaze is likely to have a negative impact on deer hunting.

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