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UPDATE: Greenwood Fire grows to 21,700 acres, structure protection continues near McDougal Lake

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ISABELLA, MN -- As the Greenwood Fire grew to 21,700 acres Tuesday, crews plan to spend the day Wednesday protecting more structures in the blaze's path.

The Greenwood Fire was previously listed at 19,400 acres.

Authorities say firefighters will conduct several defensive firing operations Wednesday.

Those will include using resources, engines, bulldozers, and other equipment to reduce the burnable natural fuels near homes or near the edge of the fire.

Logging equipment will be used to continue the shaded fuel break on the south side of Highway 1.

Crews will be removing trees and brush that would carry the fire while leaving many trees within the visual corridor along Highway 1.

The Incident Command Post is scheduled to relocate to Babbitt to accommodate additional resources.

Authorities did not say when that would happen.

The Greenwood Fire Evacuation Center is also now located in Babbitt.

ISABELLA, MN -- The Greenwood Fire burning near Isabella has grown to nearly 19,500 acres Tuesday morning.

As of 9 a.m. Tuesday, the Incident Information System tracking website lists the blaze as 19,493 acres.

As of Monday night, the fire was listed around 10,000 acres.

Winds will be out of the east Tuesday afternoon and could gust upwards of 20 to 25 miles per hour and could impact the spread of the fire.

Officials say the fire really started making a run around noon Monday when winds picked up and humidity stayed low.

It led to a rapid evacuation of firefighters on the southeast side of the fire, and new evacuations of homes and cabins to the northeast of the previous evacuation area.

On Tuesday, crews are expecting to spend another day going through some of the properties where the fire burned to get an idea of any damage.

RELATED: More Evacuation underway near Greenwood Fire blaze

No word yet on the extent of any possible structural damage.

No injuries have been reported.

The evacuation center has been relocated to the Babbitt City Hall. The Finland shelter closed Monday.

Parts of the Gunflint Trail are now in pre-evacuation mode, meaning residents there are being encouraged to start planning ahead should they be forced to leave.

Briggs LeSavage

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