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St. Cloud soldiers aiding wildfifre fight

St. Cloud soldiers aiding wildfifre fight Click to Enlarge Photo: Dwight Smith, Photos.com

Oct 3, 2012 at 3:46 pm

KARLSTAD, Minn.  (KNSI)  State officials now say 11 homes and 24 other structures were destroyed by the wildfire that threatened the northwestern Minnesota town of Karlstad.

Jean Goad, a spokeswoman for the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center, says updated figures show the fire destroyed seven mobile homes, four regular homes, two garages and 22 other structures in the Karlstad area Tuesday.

There were no injuries.

Three Blackhawk helicopters, one Chinook helicopter, 26 soldiers and two fuel trucks from the St. Cloud Army Aviation Support Facility have been sent to assist in firefighting in the Thief River Falls, Karlstad and Fourtown areas.

The weather has turned considerably colder. the local forecast calls for rain Wednesday afternoon, changing over to snow early Thursday with accumulastions up to 7 inches.

Goad says that will give firefighters a reprieve, but it won't add up to much moisture to recharge the soils in northwestern Minnesota, which she says is 12 to 15 inches behind on precipitation.

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