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Minnesota Department of Natural Resources firefighters guard a fire line to make sure the blaze would not cross state Highway 371 south of Cass Lake on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. BEMIDJI PIONEER/Monte Draper

Wildfire near Cass Lake estimated at 60 acres

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CASS LAKE, Minn. -- Aerial water tankers and helicopters aided ground crews in dousing a 60-acre wildfire south of Cass Lake on Wednesday afternoon.


The fire was reported about 1:30 p.m., witnesses said.

The fire was originally reported as two fires that may have merged across the street from Cass Lake Bena High School. Witnesses said schools were evacuated.

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Crystal Dey
Crystal Dey covers crime, courts, tribal relations and social issues for The Bemidji Pioneer in Bemidji, Minnesota. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey has worked for the Echo Press in Alexandria, Minnesota, The Forum in Fargo, North Dakota, The Tampa Tribune in Tampa, Florida, the Hartford Courant in Hartford and West Hartford News in West Hartford, Connecticut. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.
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