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Firefighters are battling a wildfire just night of the Hubbard Line Road west of Highway 71. (Jean Ruzicka / Enterprise)

Menahga area residents asked to evacuate due to wildfire

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Crews from several fire departments are battling a wildfire that started southwest of Park Rapids late Tuesday afternoon and continues to spread due to strong winds.

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The fire was about 10 miles long as of about 9 p.m. Some structures have been lost but specifics aren’t known at this time.

Department of Natural Resources officials are asking all Menahga residents to evacuate and go to Sebeka. Menahga School announced it will be closed Wednesday. St. Johns Lutheran Church in Park Rapids is also open for residents who had to evacuate.

The American Red Cross Northern Minnesota Region is responding to wildfires burning.

"We're currently moving supplies and people to provide staffing to two shelters in Wadena and Hubbard Counties," says Megan Mrozek, Emergency Services Director for the American Red Cross Northern Minnesota Region.

Initially, residents were asked to evacuate within a five-mile radius from 110th Street to Highway 71 one mile north of the Hubbard Line Road. The fire has expanded, however. Highway 71 south of Park Rapids is closed to southbound traffic at the four-mile corner, Highway 87. Winds at the airport were reported at 26 mph.

The DNR is offering air support.No injuries have been reported.

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