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UPDATE: Wildfire north of Duluth forces evacuations, burns 20 acres

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UPDATE: A wildfire north of Duluth is out after a more than three hour firefight Tuesday evening.

According to Ellsburg Fire officials, flames broke out around 5 p.m. off Lee Road in Melrude, just north of Cotton.

Investigators say a branch fell on a power line, sparking the fire, which was then fueled by dry conditions and high winds.

A dozen fire departments, the DNR and the St. Louis County Rescue Squad responded.

The fire grew to more than 20 acres in size, and crews evacuated some homes that were within a quarter mile of the flames.

The fire was under control around 7:45 p.m. and out a short time after that.

No one was hurt and no structures were damaged.

The DNR plans to return to the scene Wednesday morning to investigate further.

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MELRUDE, MN -- Several fire departments battled flames Tuesday evening in a field and a wooded area near Cotton.

Flames broke out around 5 p.m. off Lee Road in Melrude.

It is not clear what started the fire, but flames spread through a field and into the woods, and as of 6:45 p.m. was not contained.

Special off-road firefighting vehicles were being brought in to help.

Few other details were immediately available.

We'll bring you any new information as we get it.

Dan Wolfe

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