Wildfire burns homes near Menahga in NW Minn.

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This May 14, 2013, photo provided by the Wisconsoin Department of Natural Resources shows a smoky wildfire in northwestern Wisconsin that has consumed 8,700 acres, destroyed nearly 50 structures and forced dozens from their homes. The DNR says the wildfire in Douglas County is about 90 percent contained Wednesday morning, meaning firefighters have stopped most of the fire from spreading. (AP Photo/Wisconsoin Department of Natural Resources)

MENAHGA, Minn. (AP) — Firefighters are trying to contain a wildfire that’s burned a number of homes and structures near Menahga in northwestern Minnesota.

The Minnesota Interagency Fire Center says the blaze, dubbed the Green Valley Fire, has burned 3,000 to 4,000 acres northwest of Menahga since it started on private land around 3 p.m. Tuesday. It says an unconfirmed number of homes and other structures have been lost, while other homes, cabins and structures are threatened.

Crews plan to battle the wildfire from the air Wednesday with water-dropping helicopters and airplanes, and on the ground with fire engine crews, tracked vehicles and bulldozers.

Strong winds, high temperatures, low humidity and dry vegetation contributed to the fire’s spread Tuesday. Conditions are expected to be cooler Wednesday.

Menahga is about 10 miles of Park Rapids.

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