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Wildfire north of Virginia forces evacuations

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UPDATE 8:30 P.M.-- According to the Pike-Sandy-Britt Fire Department, crews have wrapped up work for tonight and the fire is mostly contained.

Fire officials say 86 acres were burned in total Saturday.

No injuries have been reported and no structures were destroyed.

Crews will be back out Sunday to finish.



ST. LOUIS CO., MN-- Fire crews are on the scene of a large wildfire in Sandy Township, just north of Virginia.

According to Friends of the Northland FireWire, the fire was reported just around 12:15 P.M. near the Canadian National railroad tracks.

Evacuation alerts have been sent out to several homes in the 7700-7900 block of Hill Road in Sandy Township.

There is no word if an area for evacuates has been set up yet.

The U.S. Forest Service and the Pike-Sandy-Britt Fire Department are battling the fire.

According to the Pike-Sandy-Britt Fire Department, a helicopter is also assisting with air strikes.

The Pike-Sandy-Britt Fire Department was not able to give an update on the size of the fire.

No injuries have been reported.

We have a crew on scene and will be bringing you updates as they come in.

Natalie Grant

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