Wildfire prompts evacuations in NW Minnesota town

7:00 PM, Oct 2, 2012   |    comments
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KARLSTAD, Minn. - Some residents are being evacuated from Karlstad as a growing wildfire threatens the northwestern Minnesota town.

Karlstad City Clerk Sue Dufault says a nursing home, a school and some residents in the southern part of town are being evacuated to the nearby town of Hallock.

No injuries are reported.

A spokeswoman for the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center, Jean Goad, says authorities ordered the Karlstad evacuation when the fire reached a "trigger point" near the town.

Goad says the Minnesota National Guard sent two Blackhawk helicopters to help fight the fire and a Chinook helicopter was on the way.

Crews were fighting eight fires in northwestern Minnesota as of Tuesday morning, and the number was growing.

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